Empirical likelihood inference for Oaxaca–Blinder decomposition

Taisuke Otsu, Shiori Tanaka

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This paper proposes an empirical likelihood inference method for the Oaxaca–Blinder decompositions. In contrast to the conventional Wald statistic using the delta method, our approach circumvents the linearization errors and estimation of the variance terms. Furthermore, the shape of the resulting empirical likelihood confidence set is determined flexibly by data. Simulation results illustrate usefulness of the proposed inference method.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110812
JournalEconomics Letters
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Oct


  • Empirical likelihood
  • Oaxaca–Blinder decomposition
  • Two-sample test

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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