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GMM Estimation and Uniform Subvector Inference with Possible Identification Failure

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This paper determines the properties of standard generalized method of moments (GMM) estimators, tests, and confidence sets (CS's) in moment condition models in which some parameters are unidentified or weakly identified in part of the parameter space. The asymptotic distributions of GMM estimators are established under a full range of drifting sequences of true parameters and distributions. The asymptotic sizes (in a uniform sense) of standard GMM tests and CS's are established. The paper also establishes the correct asymptotic sizes of "robust" GMM-based Wald, t, and quasi-likelihood ratio tests and CS's whose critical values are designed to yield robustness to identification problems. The results of the paper are applied to a nonlinear regression model with endogeneity and a probit model with endogeneity and possibly weak instrumental variables.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1828.

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Length: 86 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
Date of revision: Jan 2013
Publication status: Published in Econometric Theory (April 2014), 20(2): 287-333
Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1828r

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Keywords: Asymptotic size; Confidence set; Generalized method of moments; GMM estimator; Identification; Nonlinear models; Test; Wald test; Weak identification;

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Cited by:
  1. Donald W. K. Andrews & Xu Cheng, 2011. "Maximum Likelihood Estimation and Uniform Inference with Sporadic Identification Failure," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1824, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Donald W.K. Andrews & Xu Cheng, 2011. "GMM Estimation and Uniform Subvector Inference with Possible Identification Failure," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1828, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  3. Jui-Chung Yang & Ke-Li Xu, 2013. "Estimation and Inference under Weak Identi cation and Persistence: An Application on Forecast-Based Monetary Policy Reaction Function," 2013 Papers pya307, Job Market Papers.
  4. Jean-Marie Dufour & Joachim Wilde, 2013. "Weak Identification in Probit Models with Endogenous Covariates," Working Papers 95, Institute of Empirical Economic Research, revised 28 Feb 2013.

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