Causal Effects of Perceived Immutable Characteristics

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dc.contributor.author Greiner, Daniel James
dc.contributor.author Rubin, Donald B.
dc.date.accessioned 2013-11-25T18:47:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation James Greiner & Don Rubin, Causal Effects of Perceived Immutable Characteristics, 93 Rev. Econ. & Stat. 775 (2011). en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6535 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:11337403
dc.description.abstract Despite their ubiquity, observational studies to infer the causal effect of a so-called immutable characteristic, such as race or sex, have struggled for coherence, given the unavailability of a manipulation analogous to a “treatment” in a randomized experiment and the danger of posttreatment bias. We demonstrate that a shift in focus from actual traits to perceptions of them can address both of these issues while facilitating articulation of other critical concepts, particularly the timing of treatment assignment. We illustrate concepts by discussing the designs of various studies of the role of race in trial court death penalty decisions. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press) en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/REST_a_00110 en_US
dc.relation.isversionof http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/pdf/10.1162/REST_a_00110 en_US
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dc.title Causal Effects of Perceived Immutable Characteristics en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.description.version Version of Record en_US
dc.relation.journal Review of Economics and Statistics en_US
dash.depositing.author Greiner, Daniel James
dash.embargo.until 10000-01-01

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