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HERC Econometrics with Observational Data

Natural Experiments and Difference-in-Differences


by Jean Yoon, PhD
Seminar date: 2/13/2019

Description: Natural experiments have been increasingly utilized by researchers in recent years. In this lecture, we will define what a natural experiment is and describe different types of natural experiments. We will also provide an overview of the difference-in-differences estimator and discuss how it can be used to evaluate treatment effects in natural experiments. Finally, we discuss potential threats to validity when evaluating natural experiments.



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