July 2012

IZA DP No. 6730: Additive Decompositions with Interaction Effects

revised version published in: Applied Economics Letters, 2014, 21 (9), 636-642

This paper proposes a comprehensive, path-independent decomposition formula of changes into ceteris paribus effects and interaction effects. The formula implies a reassessment of sequential decomposition methods that are widely used in the literature and that are restrictive in how they treat interaction effects. If counterfactual outcomes are correctly specified, it may also be viewed as a description of certain aspects of causality in the situation where more than one causal influence is present.