Bunching Estimators in Applied Economics Research

Prof. Mazhar Wassem teaches a workshop on bunching methods 30 May from 13:00–15:00 (UTC+3). The workshop is held in person at UNU-WIDER's Sustainability Library.

The workshop will cover the following topics, drawing largely upon Kleven (2016) and later papers for the conceptual material.

  1. Introduction to bunching estimation: Learn about the fundamentals of bunching approaches, their development, and their growing importance in applied economics research.
  2. Exploiting discontinuities: Delve into the incentives created by kinks and notches in choice sets and how to effectively exploit them to study individual and firm behavior.
  3. Practical applications: Explore the use of bunching estimation in various fields, such as taxation, social security, social insurance, welfare programs, education, regulation, private sector pricing, and reference-dependent preferences.
  4. Strengths and weaknesses: Gain insights into the advantages and drawbacks of bunching estimation techniques and understand when to employ them effectively.
  5. Working with administrative data: Discover how to harness the power of administrative data for empirical analysis, especially bunching estimation.