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Finite-Sample Inference Methods for Simultaneous Equations and Models with Unobserved and Generated Regressors

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  • DUFOUR, Jean-Marie
  • JASIAK, Joanna

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We propose finite sample tests and confidence sets for models with unobserved and generated regressors as well as various models estimated by instrumental variables methods. The validity of the procedures is unaffected by the presence of identification problems or "weak instruments", so no detection of such problems is required. We study two distinct approaches for various models considered by Pagan (1984). The first one is an instrument substitution method which generalizes an approach proposed by Anderson and Rubin (1949) and Fuller (1987) for different (although related) problems, while the second one is based on splitting the sample. The instrument substitution method uses the instruments directly, instead of generated regressors, in order to test hypotheses about the "structural parameters" of interest and build confidence sets. The second approach relies on "generated regressors", which allows a gain in degrees of freedom, and a sample split technique. For inference about general possibly nonlinear transformations of model parameters, projection techniques are proposed. A distributional theory is obtained under the assumptions of Gaussian errors and strictly exogenous regressors. We show that the various tests and confidence sets proposed are (locally) "asymptotically valid" under much weaker assumptions. The properties of the tests proposed are examined in simulation experiments. In general, they outperform the usual asymptotic inference methods in terms of both reliability and power. Finally, the techniques suggested are applied to a model of Tobin’s q and to a model of academic performance.

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Paper provided by Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques in its series Cahiers de recherche with number 9812.

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Length: 27 pages
Date of creation: 1998
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Handle: RePEc:mtl:montde:9812

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Keywords: simultaneous equations ; structural model ; instrumental variables ; weak instruments ; generated regressor ; Anderson-Rubin method ; votal function ; same-sit ; exact test ; confidence region ; ojection techniques ; Tobin’s q ; academic rformance.;

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  1. PERRON, Benoît, 1999. "Semi-Parametric Weak Instrument Regressions with an Application to the Risk-Return Trade-off," Cahiers de recherche 9901, Universite de Montreal, Departement de sciences economiques.
  2. Dufour, Jean-Marie, 2001. "Logique et tests d’hypothèses," L'Actualité Economique, Société Canadienne de Science Economique, vol. 77(2), pages 171-190, juin.
  3. Dufour, J.M., 2001. "Logique et tests d'hypotheses: reflexions sur les problemes mal poses en econometrie," Cahiers de recherche 2001-15, Centre interuniversitaire de recherche en économie quantitative, CIREQ.
  4. Debdulal Mallick, 2007. "The Role of Elasticity of Substitution in Economic Growth: A Cross-Country Test of the La Grandville Hypothesis," Economics Series 2007_04, Deakin University, Faculty of Business and Law, School of Accounting, Economics and Finance.

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