Upcoming Events at Wellesley:


The Quantitative Analysis Institute presents a lecture by

Donald B. Rubin

John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, Harvard University

Thursday, April 17, 4:15 pm

Clapp Library Lecture Room

Speaker's website

Title: Evaluating the Effect of Training on Wages in the Presence of Noncompliance, Nonemployment, and Missing Data


The effects of a job training program, Job Corps, on both employment and wages are evaluated using data from a randomized study. Principal stratification is used to address, simultaneously, the complications of noncompliance, wages that are only partially defined because of nonemployment, and unintended missing outcomes. The first two complications are of substantive interest, whereas the third is a nuisance. The objective is to find a parsimonious model that can be used to inform public policy. We conduct a likelihood-based analysis using finite mixture models estimated by the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm. We maintain an exclusion restriction assumption for the effect of assignment on employment and wages for noncompliers, but not on missingness. We provide estimates under the “missing at random” assumption, and assess the robustness of our results to deviations from it. The plausibility of meaningful restrictions is investigated by means of scaled log-likelihood ratio statistics. Substantive conclusions include the following. For compliers, the effect on employment is negative in the short term; it becomes positive in the long term, but these effects are small at best. For always employed compliers, that is, compliers who are employed whether trained or not trained, positive effects on wages are found at all time periods. Our analysis reveals that background characteristics of individuals differ markedly across the principal strata. We found evidence that the program should have been better targeted, in the sense of being designed differently for different groups of people, and specific suggestions are offered. Previous analyses of this dataset, which did not address all complications in a principled manner, led to less nuanced conclusions about Job Corps. This is joint work with Paolo Frumento, Fabrizia Mealli, and Barbara Pacini.


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Past Events at Wellesley:


Math Department Colloquium, Wed, Nov 6

One Embryo or Two for In Vitro Fertilization? Assessing causation without randomization

Economics Department Brown Bag Lunch Seminar, Thu, Oct 31

A Potential Outcomes, and Typically More Powerful, Alternative to "Cochran-Mantel-Haenszel"

Pforzheimer Learning and Teaching Center Talk, Mon, Oct 21

Quantitative Analysis in the Classroom: Statistics workshops targeted at your course