I briefly review the emergence of “design‐based” research methods in labor economics in the 1980s and early 1990s. These methods were seen as a partial solution to the problems of credible inference identified by Ashenfelter (1974), Leamer (1978), Hendry (1980), and others. Designed‐based studies typically use a simplified one‐equation model of the outcome of interest – in contrast to model‐based studies that specify a data generating process for all factors determining the outcome. I discuss some of the strengths and weaknesses of the design‐based approach and the value of such research in the field.
Year of Publication
Card, D. (2022). Design‐Based Research in Empirical Microeconomics. Retrieved from http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dsp01ft848t765 (Original work published January 2022)