Isaac Sorkin, Stanford University

ESOP seminar. Isaac Sorkin is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. He will present a paper entitled "Bartik Instruments: What, When, Why and How" co-authored by Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham and Henry Swift.

Photo of Isaac Sorkin.

Isaac Sorkin.


The Bartik instrument is formed by interacting local industry shares and national industry growth rates. We show that the Bartik instrument is numerically equivalent to using local industry shares as instruments in a GMM estimator and discuss how different asymptotics imply different identifying assumptions. We argue that in most applications the identifying assumption is in terms of industry shares. Finally, we show how to decompose the Bartik instrument into the weighted sum of the just-identified instrumental variables estimators. These weights measure how sensitive the parameter estimate is to each instrument. We illustrate our results through four applications: estimating the inverse elasticity of labor supply, estimating local labor market effects of Chinese imports, estimating the fiscal multiplier using defense spending shocks, and using simulated instruments to study the effects of Medicaid expansions.

Read the full paper here [pdf]

Host: Manudeep Bhuller

Published June 29, 2018 4:19 PM - Last modified Dec. 7, 2018 12:13 PM