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How to interprete independence between treatment indicator and outcomes?

In Woodridge's textbook "Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data", page 907, it says ...the treatment indicator $w$ is statistically independent of ($y_0$, $y_1$), as would occur when ...
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Question about an ergodicity in economics paper

Disclaimer: I'm not well read in economics but am mathematically literate (PhD in Mech Eng) Recently I was sent a paper from Nature Physics, "The ergodicity problem in economics" by Ole Peters. I ...
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Understanding this particular criticism of RCTs by Deaton and Cartwright

Deaton and Cartwright make several criticisms of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). My question is about this one in particular from a 2016 VoxEU piece: Well-conducted RCTs could provide ...
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Can I treat pooled cross-section as panel data and do regression analysis?

I work with a large survey data that is pooled cross-section, i.e, people interviewed are randomly chosen in each time period. This is not panel data. But, I aggregate the individual cells according ...
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Can I draw a smaller sample from one treatment group?

in an RCT, I have 3 different treatment groups and one control group. The size of the control group is around 1000 while the size of other groups are just above 300. To test balance I used ANOVA and ...
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Randomisation and balance in experiments

Suppose we are interested in the effect of some 'treatment' on some outcome of interest. A common practice is to select a group of people and then randomly choose some fraction (often half) to receive ...
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Calculate power for multiple rounds of public goods experiment

I would like to calculate/simulate the a-priori necessary sample size for a repeated public goods experiment. $N$ Participants play $R$ rounds of a public goods game (linear, voluntary contribution ...
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Software for field work: collecting survey data (multi-platform, on-line and off-line)

As part of an RCT, I am looking for Software to record digitally the answers some survey questionnaires. The questionnaire is somewhat long, ~100 questions divided into 10 blocks. We will collect 3 ...
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Problems with Representative Sampling

I am curious: what exactly are the problems caused by using representative sampling rather than random sampling whenever creating a subsample of large dataset for nonexperimental analysis. Further, ...
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How encouragement design works practically?

I'm trying to understand the encouragement design but I have some doubts. For example, if I want to introduce a voucher for teachers that can be used for professional development(the treatment) and I ...
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Self-selection bias during the course of experiments

Suppose you are running a randomized experiment to assess the effect of $X$, say some training program for unemployed people, on $Y$, say the chance of finding a job in the coming year. Suppose also ...