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Avoiding biased versions of Wooldridge’s simple solution to the initial conditions problem

  • Rabe-Hesketh, Sophia
  • Skrondal, Anders

Wooldridge (2005) provided a simple and elegant solution to the initial conditions problem for dynamic nonlinear unobserved-effects models. His original auxiliary model includes the time-varying explanatory variables at each period. Unfortunately, a popular constrained version that includes within-means of the explanatory variables can be severely biased. We show that there are several ways to avoid this problem.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
Issue (Month): 2 ()
Pages: 346-349

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