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Approximating the Distribution of the Instrumental Variables Estimator when the Concentration Parameter is Small

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  • D. S. Poskitt

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  • C. L. Skeels

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This paper presents a new approximation to the exact sampling distribution of the instrumental variables estimator in simultaneous equations models. It differs from many of the approximations currently available, Edgeworth expansions for example, in that it is specifically designed to work well when the concentration parameter is small. The approximation is remarkable for the simplicity of its final form, for its accuracy and for its ability to capture those stylized facts that characterize lack of identification and weak instrument scenarios. The development leading to the approximation is also novel in that it introduces techniques of some independent interest not seen in this literature hitherto.

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Paper provided by Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics in its series Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers with number 19/04.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2004
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Handle: RePEc:msh:ebswps:2004-19

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Keywords: concentration parameter; IV estimator; simultaneous equations model; t approximation; weak instruments.;

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  1. D. S. Poskitt & C. L. Skeels, 2009. "Assessing the magnitude of the concentration parameter in a simultaneous equations model," Econometrics Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 12(1), pages 26-44, 03.
  2. D. S. Poskitt & C. L. Skeels, 2005. "Small Concentration Asymptotics and Instrumental Variables Inference," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 4/05, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.

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