Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/227316
Authors: 
Sauermann, Jan
Stenberg, Anders
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 13789
Abstract: 
We assess selection bias in estimated returns to workplace training by exploiting a field experiment with random assignment of workers to a one-week training program. We compare experimental estimates of this program with non-experimental estimates that are estimated by using a sample of agents who were selected by management not to participate in the experiment. Our results show that non-experimental estimates are biased, yielding returns about twice as large as the causal effect. When controlling for pre-treatment performance or individual fixed effects, only about one tenth of this bias remains and is even further reduced when applying common support restrictions.
Subjects: 
returns to training
selection bias
field experiment
JEL: 
J24
C93
M53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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