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To Be Rescheduled: Treatment Effects with Heterogeneous Externalities

28 February 2018
San Francesco Complex - Piazza San Francesco 19

This paper proposes a new method for estimating heterogeneous externalities in policy analysis when social interactions take the linear-in-means form. We establish that the parameters of interest can be identified using specific functions of the share of the eligible population. We also show that the parameters can be consistently estimated, and we study the finite sample performance of the proposed estimators using Monte Carlo simulations. The method is illustrated using data on the PROGRESA program. We find that more than 50% of the effects of the program on schooling attendance are due to externalities, which are heterogeneous within and between poor and nonpoor households.

Tiziano Arduini, University of Bologna