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On the validity of Durbin-Wu-Hausman tests for assessing partial exogeneity hypotheses with possibly weak instruments

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We investigate the validity of the standard specification tests for assessing the exogeneity of subvectors in the linear IV regression. Our results show that ignoring the endogeneity of the regressors whose exogeneity is not being tested leads to invalid tests (level is not controlled). When the fitted values from the first stage regression of these regressors are used as instruments under the partial null hypothesis of interest, as suggested Hausman and Taylor (1980, 1981), some versions of these tests are invalid when identification is weak and the number of instruments is moderate. However, all tests are overly conservative and have no power when the number of instruments increases, even for moderate identification strength.

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Paper provided by University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance in its series Working Papers with number 15061.

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Length: 9 pages
Date of creation: 06 Jul 2012
Date of revision: 06 Jul 2012
Publication status: Published by the University of Tasmania. Discussion paper 2012-04
Handle: RePEc:tas:wpaper:15061

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Keywords: Partial exogeneity; sized distortions; weak identification;

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  1. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin & Dufour, Jean-Marie, 2012. "Identification-robust inference for endogeneity parameters in linear structural models," MPRA Paper 40695, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2012. "On the validity of Durbin-Wu-Hausman tests for assessing partial exogeneity hypotheses with possibly weak instruments," Working Papers 15061, University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance, revised 06 Jul 2012.
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  1. Dungey, Mardi & Luciani, Matteo & Veredas, David, 2012. "Ranking systemically important financial institutions," Working Papers 15473, University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance, revised 21 Nov 2012.
  2. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2012. "Specification tests with weak and invalid instruments," Working Papers 15063, University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance, revised 26 Jun 2012.
  3. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin & Dufour, Jean-Marie, 2012. "Identification-robust inference for endogeneity parameters in linear structural models," MPRA Paper 40695, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  4. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2013. "On bootstrap validity for specification tests with weak instruments," Working Papers 16875, University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance, revised 05 Aug 2013.
  5. Doko Tchatoka, Firmin, 2012. "On the validity of Durbin-Wu-Hausman tests for assessing partial exogeneity hypotheses with possibly weak instruments," Working Papers 15061, University of Tasmania, School of Economics and Finance, revised 06 Jul 2012.

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