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Testing a parametric function against a non‐parametric alternative in IV and GMM settings

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  • Tue Gørgens
  • Allan Würtz

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This paper develops a specification test for functional form for models identified by moment restrictions, including IV and GMM settings. The general framework is one where the moment restrictions are specified as functions of data, a finite-dimensional parameter vector, and a nonparametric real function (an infinite-dimensional parameter vector). The null hypothesis is that the real function is parametric. The test is relatively easy to implement and its asymptotic distribution is known. The test performs well in simulation experiments.

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

Volume (Year): 15 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 (October)
Pages: 462-489

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Handle: RePEc:wly:emjrnl:v:15:y:2012:i:3:p:462-489

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