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On the existence of the maximum likelihood estimates in Poisson regression

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  • Santos Silva, J.M.C.
  • Tenreyro, Silvana

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We note that the existence of the maximum likelihood estimates in Poisson regression depends on the data configuration, and propose a strategy to identify the existence of the problem and to single out the regressors causing it.

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  • Santos Silva, J.M.C. & Tenreyro, Silvana, 2010. "On the existence of the maximum likelihood estimates in Poisson regression," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 107(2), pages 310-312, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:107:y:2010:i:2:p:310-312
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