Discriminating between comparable economic states and outcomes is the essence of decision-making and policy evaluation. Several existing and new methods for evaluating the impact of different states, such as union status, and outcomes, such as educational outcomes, are examined and explored in this dissertation. Since outcomes and treatment effects are distributed over members of the reference population, I pay particular attention to revealing outcome differences and treatment effects over the entire distributions, as well as summarize the same with mean effects. The substantive issues which are examined in my dissertation are as follows: The impact of unionization on wages and differences in the employees' decisions to unionize which have been enduring questions in labor economics; the effects of time structure of the school on student achievement which has been an overlooked issue in exploring the schooling inputs. My results, not only have important evaluation and policy implications, but also highlight some important econometric issues.Ia#39;m also appreciative to the faculty, staff and students of the Economics Department, SMU for their support during the six years of study. Special thanks to Melody, Caroline and Margaux for their enormous help in all administrative matters.
|Title||:||Essays on Treatment Effect Models with Applications to Unionization and Educational Outcomes|
|Publisher||:||ProQuest - 2007|