Another Look At What To Do With Time-Series Cross-Section Data
AbstractOur study revisits Beck and Katz’ (1995) comparison of the Parks and PCSE estimators using time-series, cross-sectional data (TSCS). Our innovation is that we construct simulated statistical environments that are designed to closely match “real-world,” TSCS data. We pattern our statistical environments after income and tax data on U.S. states from 1960-1999. While PCSE generally does a better job than Parks in estimating standard errors, it too can be unreliable, sometimes producing standard errors that are substantially off the mark. Further, we find that the benefits of PCSE can come at a substantial cost in estimator efficiency. Based on our study, we would give the following advice to researchers using TSCS data: Given a choice between Parks and PCSE, we recommend that researchers use PCSE for hypothesis testing, and Parks if their primary interest is accurate coefficient estimates.
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- Xiujian Chen & Shu Lin & W. Robert Reed, 2006. "Another Look at what to do with Time-series Cross-section Data," Working Papers in Economics 06/04, University of Canterbury, Department of Economics and Finance.
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