The purpose of this in-class lab is to use R to practice with two-stage least squares (2SLS) estimation. The lab should be completed in your group. To get credit, upload your .R script to the appropriate place on Canvas.

For starters

Open up a new R script (named ICL13_XYZ.R, where XYZ are your initials) and add the usual “preamble” to the top:

# Add names of group members HERE

Load the data

We’re going to use data on working women.

df <- as_tibble(mroz)

Summary statistics

Like last time, let’s use stargazer to get a quick view of our data:

df %>% sumtable(out="return")
  1. Is it a problem that wage and lwage have 428 observations, but all of the other variables have 753 observations?

Drop missing wages

Using the filter() and functions (or drop_na() function), drop the observations with missing wages. (I suppress the code, since you should know how to do this.)

The model

We want to estimate the return to education for women who are working, using mother’s and father’s education as instruments: \[ \log(wage) = \beta_0 + \beta_1 educ + \beta_2 exper + \beta_3 exper^2 + u \] where \(wage\) is the hourly rate of pay, \(educ\) is years of education, and \(exper\) is labor market experience (in years).

First stage regression

Let’s estimate the first stage regression, which is a regression of the endogenous variable (\(educ\)) on the instrument(s) (\(motheduc\) and \(fatheduc\)) and the exogenous explanatory variables (\(exper\) and \(exper^2\)).1

Run this regression (again, I suppress the code). Call the estimation object est.stage1.

  1. Double check that \(motheduc\) and \(fatheduc\) are jointly significant with an F-stat larger than 10:

Second stage regression

In the second stage, we estimate the log wage equation above, but this time we include \(\widehat{educ}\) on the right hand side instead of \(educ\), where \(\widehat{educ}\) are the fitted values from the first stage.

In R, we can easily access the fitted values by typing fitted(est.stage1).

Let’s estimate the second stage regression:

est.stage2 <- lm(log(wage) ~ fitted(est.stage1) + exper + I(exper^2), data=df)

Both stages at once

The standard errors from the above second stage regression will be incorrect.2 Instead, we should estimate these at the same time. We could do this with the ivreg() function, just like in the previous lab. We could also use iv_robust() from the estimatr package, which will give us robust SEs.

est.2sls <- iv_robust(log(wage) ~ educ + exper + I(exper^2) | 
                                  motheduc + fatheduc + exper + I(exper^2), 
  1. Estimate the OLS model (where \(educ\) is not instrumented). Then compare the output for all three models (OLS, 2SLS “by hand”, 2SLS “automatic”).
modelsummary(list("OLS" = est.ols, "IV By Hand" = est.stage2, "IV Automatic" = est.2sls))
  1. Comment on the IV estimates. Do they make sense, relative to what we think would bias the returns to education? Is the exogeneity condition on \(motheduc\) and \(fatheduc\) plausible?

  1. Note that you can easily include the quadratic in experience as I(exper^2) without having to create this variable in a mutate() statement.↩︎

  2. The reason is that error term in the second stage regression includes the residuals from the first stage, but the default standard errors fail to take this into account.↩︎