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The Impact of Family Income on Child Achievement: Evidence from the Earned Income Tax Credit: Reply

Gordon Dahl and Lance Lochner ()

American Economic Review, 2017, vol. 107, issue 2, 629-31

Abstract: Dahl and Lochner (2012) provides some of the first causal evidence of the effects of family income on child achievement using changes in the Earned Income Tax Credit. Unfortunately, a coding error in the creation of total family income affects the first stage estimates and inflates the instrumental variable (IV) estimates. Importantly, it does not affect the reduced-form estimates or alter statistical significance of the IV estimates. This response shows that correcting this error does not alter the core findings or main message of the paper.

JEL-codes: H24 H31 I21 I38 J13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.20161329
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