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Bias in Dynamic Panel Estimation with Fixed Effects, Incidental Trends and Cross Section Dependence

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Explicit asymptotic bias formulae are given for dynamic panel regression estimators as the cross section sample size N approaching infinity. The results extend earlier work by Nickell (1981) and later authors in several directions that are relevant for practical work, including models with unit roots, deterministic trends, predetermined and exogenous regressors, and errors that may be cross sectionally dependent. The asymptotic bias is found to be so large when incidental linear trends are fitted and the time series sample size is small that it changes the sign of the autoregressive coe.cient. Another finding of interest is that, when there is cross section error dependence, the probability limit of the dynamic panel regression estimator is a random variable rather than a constant, which helps to explain the substantial variability observed in dynamic panel estimates when there is cross section dependence even in situations where N is very large. Some proposals for bias correction are suggested and finite sample performance is analyzed in simulations.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1438.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2003
Date of revision: Jun 2004
Publication status: Published in Journal of Econometrics (March 2007), 137(1): 162-188
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1438

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Keywords: Autoregression; Bias; Cross section dependence; Dynamic factors; Dynamic panel estimation; Incidental trends; Panel unit root;

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