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Robust confidence sets in the presence of weak instruments

  • Mikusheva, Anna
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    This paper considers instrumental variable regression with a single endogenous variable and the potential presence of weak instruments. I construct confidence sets for the coefficient on the single endogenous regressor by inverting tests robust to weak instruments. I suggest a numerically simple algorithm for finding the Conditional Likelihood Ratio (CLR) confidence sets. Full descriptions of possible forms of the CLR, Anderson-Rubin (AR) and Lagrange Multiplier (LM) confidence sets are given. I show that the CLR confidence sets have nearly the shortest expected arc length among similar symmetric invariant confidence sets in a circular model. I also prove that the CLR confidence set is asymptotically valid in a model with non-normal errors.

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    Volume (Year): 157 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (August)
    Pages: 236-247

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:157:y:2010:i:2:p:236-247
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