LATE for history

Alberto Bisin, Andrea Moro

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    In Historical Economics, Persistence studies document the persistence of some historical phenomenon or leverage this persistence to identify causal relationships of interest in the present. In this chapter, we analyze the implications of allowing for heterogeneous treatment effects in these studies. We delineate their common empirical structure, argue that heterogeneous treatment effects are likely in their context, and propose minimal abstract models that help interpret results and guide the development of empirical strategies to uncover the mechanisms generating the effects.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Historical Economics
    Number of pages28
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128158746
    ISBN (Print)9780128162682
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


    • Culture
    • Identification
    • Institutions
    • Instrumental variables
    • Local average treatment effects
    • Persistence studies

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
    • General Business, Management and Accounting


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