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Assessing the magnitude of the concentration parameter in a simultaneous equations model

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  • D. S. Poskitt
  • C. L. Skeels

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This paper provides the practitioner with a method of ascertaining when the concentration parameter in a simultaneous equations model is small. We provide some exact distribution theory for a proposed statistic and show that the statistic possesses the minimal desirable characteristics of a test statistic when used to test that the concentration parameter is zero. The discussion is then extended to consider how to test for weak instruments using this statistic as a basis for inference. We also discuss the statistic's relationship to various other procedures that have appeared in the literature. Copyright The Author(s). Journal compilation Royal Economic Society 2009

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal Econometrics Journal.

Volume (Year): 12 (2009)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 26-44

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Handle: RePEc:ect:emjrnl:v:12:y:2009:i:1:p:26-44

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  1. Phillips, P.C.B., 1983. "Exact small sample theory in the simultaneous equations model," Handbook of Econometrics, in: Z. Griliches† & M. D. Intriligator (ed.), Handbook of Econometrics, edition 1, volume 1, chapter 8, pages 449-516 Elsevier.
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  8. D. S. Poskitt & C. L. Skeels, 2004. "Approximating the Distribution of the Instrumental Variables Estimator when the Concentration Parameter is Small," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 19/04, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
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  1. Vivienne Pham & David Prentice, 2010. "An empirical Analysis of the Counter-factual: A Merger and Divestiture in the Australian Cigarette Industry," Working Papers 2010.08, School of Economics, La Trobe University.
  2. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2010. "Subset hypotheses testing and instrument exclusion in the linear IV regression," MPRA Paper 29611, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 02 Feb 2012.
  3. Poskitt, D.S. & Skeels, C.L., 2007. "Approximating the distribution of the two-stage least squares estimator when the concentration parameter is small," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 139(1), pages 217-236, July.

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