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Title: Design‐Based Research in Empirical Microeconomics
Authors: Card, David
Issue Date: Jan-2022
Series/Report no.: 654
Abstract: I briefly review the emergence of “design‐based” research methods in labor economics in the 1980s and early 1990s. These methods were seen as a partial solution to the problems of credible inference identified by Ashenfelter (1974), Leamer (1978), Hendry (1980), and others. Designed‐based studies typically use a simplified one‐equation model of the outcome of interest – in contrast to model‐based studies that specify a data generating process for all factors determining the outcome. I discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of the design‐based approach and the value of such research in the field.
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