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The Method of Simulated Scores for the Estimation of LDV Models

  • Vassilis A. Hajivassiliou
  • Daniel L. McFadden

The method of simulated scores (MSS) is presented for estimating limited dependent variables models (LDV) with flexible correlation structure in the unobservables. The authors propose simulators that are continuous in the unknown parameter vectors, and hence standard optimization methods can be used to compute the MSS estimators that employ these simulators. The first continuous method relies on a recursive conditioning of the multivariate normal density through a Cholesky triangularization of its variance-covariance matrix. The second method combines results about the conditionals of the multivariate normal distribution with Gibbs resampling techniques. The authors establish consistency and asymptotic normality of the MSS estimators and derive suitable rates at which the number of simulations must rise if biased simulators are used.

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Article provided by Econometric Society in its journal Econometrica.

Volume (Year): 66 (1998)
Issue (Month): 4 (July)
Pages: 863-896

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