From Micro Data to Causality: Forty Years of Empirical Labor Economics
Bas van der Klaauw
Labour Economics, forthcoming (2014).
This overview describes the development of methods for empirical research
in the eld of labor economics during the past four decades. This period
is characterized by the use of micro data to answer policy relevant research
question. Prominent in the literature is the search for exogenous variation
in treatment assignment which can be exploited to estimate causal e
With the increased availability of detailed administrative data empirical la-
bor economics and more generally empirical microeconomics will become an
even more prominent eld in economics research.
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