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Workshop: The Neglected Assumptions In Causal Inference

Causal Gradient Boosting: Boosted Instrumental Variables Regression

Edvard Bakhitov · Amandeep Singh


Recent advances in the literature have demonstrated that standard supervised learning algorithms are ill-suited for problems with endogenous explanatory variables. To correct for the endogeneity bias, many variants of nonparameteric instrumental variable regression methods have been developed. In this paper, we propose an alternative algorithm called boostIV that builds on the traditional gradient boosting algorithm and corrects for the endogeneity bias. The algorithm is very intuitive and resembles an iterative version of the standard 2SLS estimator. We demonstrate that our estimator is consistent under mild conditions and demonstrates an outstanding finite sample performance.

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