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A Principal Components Approach to Cross-Section Dependence in Panels

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  • Jerry Coakley

    (Department of Accounting, Finance and Management, University of Essex)

  • Ana-Maria Fuertes

    (Faculty of Finance, City University Business School)

  • Ron Smith

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    (Department of Economics, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Abstract

The use of GLS to deal with cross-section dependence in panels is not feasible where N is large relative to T since the disturbance covariance matrix is rank deficient. Neither is it the appropriate response if the dependence results from omitted global variables or common shocks correlated with the included regressors. These can be proxied by the principal components of the residuals from a baseline regression. It is shown that the OLS estimates from a regression augmented by these principal components are unbiased and consistent using sequential limits for large T, large N. Simulations show that this leads to a substantial reduction in bias even for relatively small T and N panels. An empirical application indicates that the impact of cross section dependence seems to strengthen the case for long run PPP.

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Paper provided by International Conferences on Panel Data in its series 10th International Conference on Panel Data, Berlin, July 5-6, 2002 with number B5-3.

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Keywords: Factor analysis; global shocks; omittted variable bias;

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