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Viewpoint: Comparing features of convenient estimators for binary choice models with endogenous regressors

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  • Arthur Lewbel
  • Yingying Dong
  • Thomas Tao Yang

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We discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of four types of convenient estimators of binary choice models when regressors may be endogenous or mismeasured or when errors are likely to be heteroscedastic. For example, such models arise when treatment is not randomly assigned and outcomes are binary. The estimators we compare are the two-stage least squares linear probability model, maximum likelihood estimation, control function estimators, and special regressor methods. We specifically focus on models and associated estimators that are easy to implement. Also, for calculating choice probabilities and regressor marginal effects, we propose the average index function (AIF), which, unlike the average structural function (ASF), is always easy to estimate.

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  • Arthur Lewbel & Yingying Dong & Thomas Tao Yang, 2012. "Viewpoint: Comparing features of convenient estimators for binary choice models with endogenous regressors," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 45(3), pages 809-829, August.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:45:y:2012:i:3:p:809-829
    DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-5982.2012.01733.x
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