LSU Professor’s Paper Accepted by the Journal of Applied Econometrics

April 17, 2019


Qiankun Zhou 

BATON ROUGEQiankun Zhou, assistant professor in the Department of Economics, co-authored a paper published in the Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Panel Parametric, Semi-parametric and Nonparametric Construction of Counterfactuals was written by Zhou and Cheng Hsiao, professor of Economics at the University of Southern California.

The authors considered panel parametric, semiparametric and nonparametric methods of constructing counterfactuals. Extensive simulations showed that no means dominated other methods in all circumstances since the true data‐generating process is typically unknown. A model‐averaging method was suggested as a robust method to generate counterfactuals. The impact of California's Tobacco Control Program on per capita cigarette consumption and Election Day registration (EDR) laws on voters' turnout by different methods were examined to illustrate the sensitivity of counterfactual construction.

“Professor Qiankun Zhou is one of the most productive scholars in the department of economics,” said Faik Koray, department chair and professor of the Department of Economics. “Broadly speaking, his research focuses on the econometric analysis of static and dynamic panel models, panel model with interactive effects, and nonparametric/semiparametric estimation of panel models.”

The Journal of Applied Econometrics is an international journal that aims to publish articles of high quality dealing with the application of existing as well as new econometric techniques to a wide variety of problems in economics and related subjects, covering topics in measurement, estimation, testing, forecasting and policy analysis. The emphasis is on the precise and rigorous application of econometric techniques and the appropriate interpretation of the results.

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Elizabeth Eaton
E. J. Ourso College of Business