Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College; Managing Editor, Review of Economic Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Masters in Computational Social Science Program

Research Interests

Dr. Bonhomme is the Ann L. and Lawrence B. Buttenwieser Professor in the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the College; Managing Editor for the Review of Economic Studies; and Affiliated Faculty for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program. His research interests include: microeconometrics and econometric theory, with a special interest in latent variable modeling and panel data, and labor economics. He completed his PhD at CREST and Université Paris I, under the supervision of Jean-Marc Robin.   

Working Papers

Earnings and Consumption Dynamics: A Nonlinear Panel Data Framework (with Manuel Arellano and Richard Blundell)

Keywords: Earnings Dynamics, Consumption, Latent Variables.

Summary: We develop a flexible framework to study the nonlinear relationship between shocks to household earnings and consumption over the life cycle.   

Nonlinear Panel Data Estimation via Quantile Regressions (with Manuel Arellano)

Keywords: Panel data, quantile regression, Expectation-Maximization.

Summary: We introduce a class of quantile regression estimators for short panels. Our correlated random-effects approach uses quantile regressions as flexible tools to model conditional distributions.

Quantile Selection Models (with Manuel Arellano)

Keywords: Quantile regression, sample selection, gender wage gap, copula.

Summary: We propose a method to correct quantile regression estimates for sample selection, and apply it to study wage and employment in the UK. 

Estimating Multivariate Latent-Structure Models (with Koen Jochmans and Jean-Marc Robin)

To appear in Annals of Statistics

Keywords: finite-mixture models, hidden Markov models, simultaneous matrix diagonalization.

Summary: We develop an approach to identify and estimate latent structure models, such as finite mixture models or hidden Markov models.  


The Cycle of Earnings Inequality: Evidence from Spanish Social Security Data (with Laura Hospido)

To appear in Economic Journal

Keywords: Earnings Inequality, Social Security data, Unemployment, Business cycle.

Summary: We use Spanish Social Security data to document the evolution of earnings inequality since the end of the 1980's.  Male inequality is strongly countercyclical, and partly reflects the effects of the housing boom and bust on the construction sector.

Supplementary appendix

A complement of the paper using tax data is:

Earnings Inequality in Spain: New Evidence Using Tax Data (with Laura Hospido).

Applied Economics, 45, 2013, 4212-4225.

School Characteristics and Teacher Turnover: Assessing the Role of Preferences and Opportunities (with Grégory Jolivet and Edwin Leuven)

To appear in Economic Journal

Keywords: labor turnover, compensating differentials, teacher labor markets, sample selection.

Summary: We propose a method to estimate workers' preferences for job amenities using data on job changes. We apply it to administrative data on Dutch primary school teachers.  

Published papers

Nonparametric Estimation of Finite Mixtures From Repeated Measurements (with Koen Jochmans and Jean-Marc Robin)

Journal of Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 78(1), 211-229, January 2016.

Keywords: finite-mixture models, repeated-measurement data, re-weighting, two-step estimation.

Summary: We develop a practical two-step procedure to nonparametrically estimate finite mixture models from data on repeated measurements.


Replication files

Grouped Patterns of Heterogeneity in Panel Data (with Elena Manresa)

Econometrica, 83(3), 1147-1184, May 2015.

Keywords: Discrete heterogeneity, panel data, fixed effects, democracy.

Summary: We propose an alternative to fixed-effects estimation in linear panel data regression that allows for group-level time-varying unobservables. We use this approach to document the evolution of income and democracy in the last part of the XXth century.

Supplementary appendix

Replication files

Stata code to compute the grouped fixed-effects estimator on your data     

Functional Differencing

Econometrica, 80(4), 1337-1385, July 2012.

Keywords: Panel data, incidental parameters, inverse problems.

Summary: We propose a general method (a ``nonlinear within transformation'') to difference out the individual fixed effects in likelihood-based panel data models.

Supplementary appendix

Matlab codes              

Identifying Distributional Characteristics in Random Coefficients Panel Data Models (with Manuel Arellano)

Review of Economic Studies, 79(3), 987-1020, July 2012.

Keywords: Panel data, random coefficients, multiple effects, nonparametric identification.

Summary: We provide identification results and construct estimators for variances, and more generally densities, of individual fixed effects in linear panel data models.

Supplementary appendix

Stata codes    

Penalized Least Squares Methods for Latent Variables Models

Discussion of papers prepared for the World Congress of the Econometric Society (Shanghai, 2010), 338-352, September 2011.

Keywords: Latent variables models, lasso, penalization.

Summary: A discussion of papers by Susanne Schennach and Victor Chernozhukov. We apply a penalized least squares (``lasso'') density estimator to a simple measurement error model.


Nonlinear Panel Data Analysis (with Manuel Arellano)

Annual Review of Economics, 3, 395-424, 2012.                 

Keywords: Panel data, incidental parameters, partial identification.

Summary: A survey of recent advances in panel data, including a discussion of the computation of random-effects estimators, and partial identification. 

Recovering Distributions in Difference-in-Differences: A Comparison of Selective and Comprehensive Schooling (with Ulrich  Sauder)

Review of Economics and Statistics, 93(2), 479–494, May 2011.

Keywords: Selective education, difference-in-differences, treatment effects, quantiles.

Summary: We introduce a method to estimate distributions of potential outcomes in difference-in-differences models. We apply it to study the effect of selective secondary education in the UK.

WP version

Stata codes

Generalized Nonparametric Deconvolution with an Application to Earnings Dynamics (with Jean-Marc Robin

Review of Economic Studies, 77(2), 491-533, April 2010.

Keywords: Factor models, nonparametric deconvolution, earnings dynamics.

Summary: We propose a nonparametric estimator of factor distributions in linear factor independent factor models. We use it to estimate the distribution of earnings shocks in a simple permanent/transitory model, on PSID data.

Gauss codes

The Pervasive  Absence of Compensating Differentials (with Grégory Jolivet)

Journal of Applied Econometrics, 24(5), 763-795, June 2009.

Keywords: Compensating wage differentials, job mobility, amenities.

Summary: We build and estimate a structural job search model of wages, non-wage amenities, and job mobility on European data. We find strong preferences for some amenities, which are not reflected in wage/amenity correlations.

Consistent Noisy Independent Component Analysis (with Jean-Marc Robin)

Journal of Econometrics, 149(1), 12-25, April 2009.

Keywords: Factor analysis, Independent Component Analysis, higher-order moments.

Summary: We propose a method to estimate linear independent factor models using higher-order moments. We apply it to schooling data on test scores, and to the Fama-French data on stock returns. 

Supplementary appendix

Gauss codes for the ``quasi-JADE'' estimator

Robust Priors in Nonlinear Panel Data Models (with Manuel Arellano)

Econometrica, 77(2), 489-536, March 2009.

Keywords: Panel data, integrated likelihood, bias reduction

Summary: We show under which condition panel data integrated likelihood estimators reduce first-order bias on common parameters and average marginal effects. Our framework covers fixed-effects, random-effects, and Bayesian approaches as special cases.   

Supplementary appendix

Robust Priors for Average Marginal Effects: Comment

Assessing the Equalizing Force of Mobility Using Short Panels: France, 1990-2000 (with Jean-Marc Robin)

Review of Economic Studies, 76(1), 63-92, January 2009.

Keywords: Inequality, mobility, earnings dynamics, copula.

Summary: We build a model of earnings dynamics that combines a flexible modelling of the marginal distributions (inequality) with a tight parameterization of the dynamics (mobility). We use it to compute inequality in Present Values. We estimate the model on the French Labor Force Survey.

Stata do-file


Standard Errors Estimation in Mixtures of Partial Likelihood Models

Keywords: EM algorithm, standard errors.

Summary: A simple method to estimate asymptotic standard errors of sequential EM estimators, using the generalized information identity.