Two-way fixed effects estimators with heterogeneous treatment effects
Speaker(s)Clement de Chaisemartin (University of California, Santa Barbara)
LocationTinbergen Institute Amsterdam (Gustav Mahlerplein 117), Room 1.01
Date and time
October 08, 2019
16:00 - 17:15
Linear regressions with period and group fixed effects are widely used to estimate treatment effects. We show that they estimate weighted sums of the average treatment effects (ATE) in each group and period, with weights that may be negative. Due to the negative weights, the linear regression coefficient may for instance be negative while all the ATEs are positive. We propose another estimator that solves this issue. In the two applications we revisit, it is significantly different from the linear regression estimator.
Joint work with Xavier D'Haultfoeuille.