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Counts with an endogenous binary regressor: A series expansion approach

  • Andrés Romeu
  • Marcos Vera-Hern�ndez

We propose an estimator for count data regression models where a binary regressor is endogenously determined. This estimator departs from previous approaches by using a flexible form for the conditional probability function of the counts. Using a Monte Carlo experiment we show that our estimator improves the fit and provides a more reliable estimate of the impact of regressors on the count when compared to alternatives which do restrict the mean to be linear-exponential. In an application to the number of trips by households in the United States, we find that the estimate of the treatment effect obtained is considerably different from the one obtained under a linear-exponential mean specification. Copyright 2005 Royal Economic Society

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Volume (Year): 8 (2005)
Issue (Month): 1 (03)
Pages: 1-22

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