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A note on Measurement Error and Euler Equations: an Alternative to Log-Linear Approximations

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  • Eva Ventura

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    Empirical research based on panel data has to pay special attention to measurement errors. Utility maximization often yields nonlinear decision rules in which measurement errors enter in a multiplicative way. The usual strategy to deal with them consists of taking log-linear approximations of the equations to estímate. The expression to be estimated then includes a new error component and the estimators could be biased and inconsistent. We describe one particular parameterization that avoids linearizing the equation we want to estimate.

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    Paper provided by EconWPA in its series General Economics and Teaching with number 0312004.

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    Length: 7 pages
    Date of creation: 15 Dec 2003
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    Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:0312004

    Note: Type of Document - pdf; prepared on win2000; to print on Hewlett Packard Laserjet; pages: 7; figures: 0. UPF Working Paper # 31 Newer version published in Economics Letters
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    Keywords: Panel; Euler equations; Measurement error; GMM;

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