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Consistent noisy independent component analysis

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  • Stéphane Bonhomme
  • Jean-Marc Robin

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    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and EUREQua, University of Paris 1)

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We study linear factor models under the assumptions that factors are mutually independent and independent of errors, and errors can be correlated to some extent. Under factor non-Gaussianity, second to fourth-order moments are shown to yield full identification of the matrix of factor loadings. We develop a simple algorithm to estimate the matrix of factor loadings from these moments. We run Monte Carlo simulations and apply our methodology to British data on cognitive test scores.

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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 CWP04/08.

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Cited by:
  1. Stéphane Bonhomme & Koen Jochmans & Jean-Marc Robin, 2013. "Nonparametric estimation of finite mixtures," Sciences Po publications 2013-09, Sciences Po.
  2. Manuel Arellano & Stéphane Bonhomme, 2012. "Identifying Distributional Characteristics in Random Coefficients Panel Data Models," Review of Economic Studies, Oxford University Press, vol. 79(3), pages 987-1020.
  3. Susanne Schennach, 2012. "Measurement error in nonlinear models- a review," CeMMAP working papers CWP41/12, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  4. Stephane Bonhomme & Koen Jochmans & Jean-Marc Robin, 2014. "Nonparametric estimation of finite measures," CeMMAP working papers CWP11/14, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  5. Matteo Barigozzi & Alessio Moneta, 2012. "Identifying the Independent Sources of Consumption Variation," LEM Papers Series 2012/16, Laboratory of Economics and Management (LEM), Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies, Pisa, Italy.
  6. Stéphane Bonhomme & Jean-Marc Robin, 2008. "Generalized nonparametric deconvolution with an application to earnings dynamics," CeMMAP working papers CWP03/08, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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