Robust and Efficient Adaptive Estimation of Binary-Choice Regression Models
AbstractThe binary-choice regression models such as probit and logit are used to describe the effect of explanatory variables on a binary response vari- able. Typically estimated by the maximum likelihood method, estimates are very sensitive to deviations from a model, such as heteroscedastic- ity and data contamination. At the same time, the traditional robust (high-breakdown point) methods such as the maximum trimmed like- lihood are not applicable since, by trimming observations, they induce the separation of data and non-identification of parameter estimates. To provide a robust estimation method for binary-choice regression, we con- sider a maximum symmetrically-trimmed likelihood estimator (MSTLE) and design a parameter-free adaptive procedure for choosing the amount of trimming. The proposed adaptive MSTLE preserves the robust prop- erties of the original MSTLE, significantly improves the infinite-sample behavior of MSTLE, and additionally, ensures asymptotic efficiency of the estimator under no contamination. The results concerning the trim- ming identification, robust properties, and asymptotic distribution of the proposed method are accompanied by simulation experiments and an application documenting the infinite-sample behavior of some existing and the proposed methods.
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asymptotic efficiency; binary-choice regression; breakdown point; maximum likelihood estimation; robust estimation; trimming;
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- Cizek, Pavel, 2008. "Robust and Efficient Adaptive Estimation of Binary-Choice Regression Models," Journal of the American Statistical Association, American Statistical Association, vol. 103, pages 687-696, June.
- C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
- C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
- C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
- C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models &bull Diffusion Processes
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2007-03-17 (All new papers)
- NEP-DCM-2007-03-17 (Discrete Choice Models)
- NEP-ECM-2007-03-17 (Econometrics)
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