Two Sample Unconditional Quantile Effect

20 May 2021  ·  Atsushi Inoue, Tong Li, Qi Xu ·

This paper proposes a new framework to evaluate unconditional quantile effects (UQE) in a data combination model. The UQE measures the effect of a marginal counterfactual change in the unconditional distribution of a covariate on quantiles of the unconditional distribution of a target outcome. Under rank similarity and conditional independence assumptions, we provide a set of identification results for UQEs when the target covariate is continuously distributed and when it is discrete, respectively. Based on these identification results, we propose semiparametric estimators and establish their large sample properties under primitive conditions. Applying our method to a variant of Mincer's earnings function, we study the counterfactual quantile effect of actual work experience on income.

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