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Re: st: treatreg with a continuous self-selected treatment

From   "Austin Nichols" <>
Subject   Re: st: treatreg with a continuous self-selected treatment
Date   Mon, 30 Jul 2007 16:34:18 -0400

David Parsley --
The term "treatment" is often reserved for binary X, hence -treatreg-
and the treatment effects literature apply to binary endogenous X.  If
you rephrase as "selection or simultaneity makes X endogenous and its
coef biased" then you will have better luck with the textbooks.  There
are a variety of matching (-findit psmatch2- -findit nnmatch- etc.),
IV regression (-findit ivreg2- etc.), and Regression Discontinuity
( techniques to estimate a causal impact
in this situation--come to NASUG in Boston in two weeks if you want to
discuss further:

On 7/30/07, David Parsley <> wrote:
> I am trying to model the effect of a treatment (x-variable) on an
> outcome (y-variable), where the treatment is a self-selected, CONTINUOUS
> variable (e.g., hours of study, dollars spent, etc.), and the outcome is
> also continuous (performance).  I am interested in the effect of the
> treatment on the outcome in the general population - not just the
> treatment sample.  I observe y for the entire population (i.e.,
> including those studying/spending, and those not).  My treatment is
> either zero, or some positive value (lots of clustering at zero).
> I have searched through econometrics texts/articles and (~) 99.99% of
> them focus on self selection of the y-variable.  In my case, since the
> selection is on the (continuous) x-variable, including the non-treatment
> population would result in clustering at zero, and therefore biased
> estimates. I have found discussions of treatment effects for dichotomous
> independent variables, but not for 'simple' cases of continuous (though
> strictly positive) treatments.
> Treatreg seems to apply only to dichotomous varibles.
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