Randomized Controlled Trials on Distribution Functions

Development Economics X Paper Model Fifteen


We present a new method for performing randomized controlled trials and the local average treatment effect (LATE) on distribution functions. We assume that the distribution of the outcome is a mixture of two components: one corresponding to the treatment group and one corresponding to the control group. We extend the staggered difference-in-difference estimator from a randomized controlled trial to the distribution functions context. We estimate the LATE as the Wasserstein distance between the two components of the mixture model and present relevant asymptotics.

Opoku-Agyemang, Kweku (2023). "Randomized Controlled Trials on Distribution Functions." Development Economics Paper Model Fifteen.

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