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Generalization Of Gmm To A Continuum Of Moment Conditions


  • Carrasco, Marine
  • Florens, Jean-Pierre


This paper proposes a version of the generalized method of moments procedure that handles both the case where the number of moment conditions is finite and the case where there is a continuum of moment conditions. Typically, the moment conditions are indexed by an index parameter that takes its values in an interval. The objective function to minimize is then the norm of the moment conditions in a Hilbert space. The estimator is shown to be consistent and asymptotically normal. The optimal estimator is obtained by minimizing the norm of the moment conditions in the reproducing kernel Hilbert space associated with the covariance. We show an easy way to calculate this estimator. Finally, we study properties of a specification test using overidentifying restrictions. Results of this paper are useful in many instances where a continuum of moment conditions arises. Examples include efficient estimation of continuous time regression models, cross-sectional models that satisfy conditional moment restrictions, and scalar diffusion processes.

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  • Carrasco, Marine & Florens, Jean-Pierre, 2000. "Generalization Of Gmm To A Continuum Of Moment Conditions," Econometric Theory, Cambridge University Press, vol. 16(6), pages 797-834, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:cup:etheor:v:16:y:2000:i:06:p:797-834_16

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