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Nonparametric estimation of an instrumental regression: A quasi-Bayesian approach based on regularized posterior

  • Florens, Jean-Pierre
  • Simoni, Anna
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    We propose a quasi-Bayesian nonparametric approach to estimating the structural relationship φ among endogenous variables when instruments are available. We show that the posterior distribution of φ is inconsistent in the frequentist sense. We interpret this fact as the ill-posedness of the Bayesian inverse problem defined by the relation that characterizes the structural function φ. To solve this problem, we construct a regularized posterior distribution, based on a Tikhonov regularization of the inverse of the marginal variance of the sample, which is justified by a penalized projection argument. This regularized posterior distribution is consistent in the frequentist sense and its mean can be interpreted as the mean of the exact posterior distribution resulting from a Gaussian prior distribution with a shrinking covariance operator.

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    Volume (Year): 170 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 458-475

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