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Finite sample inference for GMM estimators in linear panel data models

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  • Steve Bond

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Nuffield College, Oxford)

  • Frank Windmeijer

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Bristol)

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We compare the finite sample performance of a range of tests of linear restrictions for linear panel data models estimated using Generalised Method of Moments (GMM). These include standard asymptotic Wald tests based on one-step and two-step GMM estimators; two bootstrapped versions of these Wald tests; a version of the two-step Wald test that uses a more accurate asymptotic approximation to the distribution of the estimator; the LM test; and three criterion-bases tests that have recently been proposed. We consider both the AR(1) panel model, and a design with predetermined regressors. The corrected two-step Wald test performs similarly to the standard one-step Wald test, whilst the bootstrapped one-step Wald test, the LM test, and a simple criterion-difference test can provide more reliable finite sample inference in some cases.

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Paper provided by Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies in its series CeMMAP working papers with number CWP04/02.

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Length: 45 pp.
Date of creation: May 2002
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Handle: RePEc:ifs:cemmap:04/02

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