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Econometric causality

Authors: James Heckman
Date: 01 January 2008
Type: Journal article, International Statistical Review, Vol. 76, No. 1, pp. 1-27

Abstract

This paper presents the econometric approach to causal modeling. It is motivated by policy problems. New causal parameters are defined and identified to address specific policy problems. Economists embrace a scientific approach to causality and model the preferences and choices of agents to infer subjective (agent) evaluations as well as objective outcomes. Anticipated and realized subjective and objective outcomes are distinguished. Models for simultaneous causality are developed. The paper contrasts the Neyman-Rubin model of causality with the econometric approach.

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James Heckman February 2008, Econometric causality, cemmap Working Paper, CWP01/08

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