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Deriving conditional and unconditional marginal effects in log earnings equations estimated by Heckman's procedure

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Although the Heckman approach has often been used in empirical analysis, the marginal effects, necessary to interpret the effect of the regressors on the dependent variable, appeared to be overlooked. Using the Heckman approach, general expressions are derived for calculating the conditional and unconditional marginal effects. Based on a sample of Brazilian women, the conditional and unconditional return to education are calculated for the logarithm of earnings equation estimated by Heckman's procedure, comparing them to the marginal effect of education obtained without correcting for selectivity bias. The same analysis is carried out for a discrete variable ‘black'.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: University of Campinas, Cx Postal 6135-Campinas, SP, 13083-857, Brazil 2: ESALQ, University of São Paulo, Avenida Pádua Dias, 11, Piracicaba, SP, 13418-900, Brazil

Publication date: 2005-06-20

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