Marginal treatment effects from a propensity score perspective

Xiang Zhou, Yu Xie

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We offer a propensity score perspective to interpret and analyze the marginal treatment effect (MTE). Specifically, we redefine MTE as the expected treatment effect conditional on the propensity score and a latent variable representing unobserved resistance to treatment. As with the original MTE, the redefined MTE can be used as a building block for constructing standard causal estimands. The weights associated with the new MTE, however, are simpler, more intuitive, and easier to compute. Moreover, the redefined MTE immediately reveals treatment effect heterogeneity among individuals at the margin of treatment, enabling us to evaluate a wide range of policy effects.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3070-3084
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Political Economy
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Economics and Econometrics


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