Identification of Treatment Effects with Bunching Designs


Carolina Caetano
Assistant Professor of Economics
University of Georgia

This talk gives an overview of the existing strategies for identification of causal effects in models with endogeneity which leverage bunching in the treatment variable. It covers some of the most user-friendly estimators, some strategies for robustness analysis, and a light discussion of the most recent nonparametric methods for identification of local effects.  For a general overview of the topic, see this article in the Hechinger Report that discusses Caetano's recent co-authored paper, which appeared in the journal Economics Education Review, that leverages these techniques. For a more specialized treatment of the econometrics of bunching, please see this article

Cosponsored with the Department of Economics.

Carolina Caetano is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include econometrics, health economics, and early childhood development. She holds a PhD in economics from the University of California, Berkeley (2010).