From Micro Data to Causality: Forty Years of Empirical Labor Economics

Hessel Oosterbeek
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 ects. 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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Last updated: March 12, 2014.