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Efficient Estimation of Models with Conditional Moment Restrictions Containing Unknown Functions

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  • Chunrong Ai
  • Xiaohong Chen

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We propose an estimation method for models of conditional moment restrictions, which contain finite dimensional unknown parameters (theta) and infinite dimensional unknown functions (h). Our proposal is to approximate h with a sieve and to estimate theta and the sieve parameters jointly by applying the method of minimum distance. We show that: (i) the sieve estimator of h is consistent with a rate faster than n-super--1/4 under certain metric; (ii) the estimator of theta is root-n consistent and asymptotically normally distributed; (iii) the estimator for the asymptotic covariance of the theta estimator is consistent and easy to compute; and (iv) the optimally weighted minimum distance estimator of theta attains the semiparametric efficiency bound. We illustrate our results with two examples: a partially linear regression with an endogenous nonparametric part, and a partially additive IV regression with a link function. Copyright The Econometric Society 2003.

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  • Chunrong Ai & Xiaohong Chen, 2003. "Efficient Estimation of Models with Conditional Moment Restrictions Containing Unknown Functions," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 71(6), pages 1795-1843, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ecm:emetrp:v:71:y:2003:i:6:p:1795-1843
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