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Testing functional inequalities

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  • Lee, Sokbae
  • Song, Kyungchul
  • Whang, Yoon-Jae

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This paper develops tests for inequality constraints of nonparametric regression functions. The test statistics involve a one-sided version of Lp-type functionals of kernel estimators (1≤p<∞). Drawing on the approach of Poissonization, this paper establishes that the tests are asymptotically distribution free, admitting asymptotic normal approximation. In particular, the tests using the standard normal critical values have asymptotically correct size and are consistent against general fixed alternatives. Furthermore, we establish conditions under which the tests have nontrivial local power against Pitman local alternatives. Some results from Monte Carlo simulations are presented.

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  • Lee, Sokbae & Song, Kyungchul & Whang, Yoon-Jae, 2013. "Testing functional inequalities," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 172(1), pages 14-32.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:172:y:2013:i:1:p:14-32 DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2012.08.006
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    1. Victor Chernozhukov & Denis Chetverikov & Kengo Kato, 2013. "Testing Many Moment Inequalities," CeMMAP working papers CWP65/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    2. Sokbae Lee & Kyungchul Song & Yoon-Jae Whang, 2014. "Testing For A General Class Of Functional Inequalities," KIER Working Papers 889, Kyoto University, Institute of Economic Research.
    3. Donald W. K. Andrews & Xiaoxia Shi, 2013. "Inference Based on Conditional Moment Inequalities," Econometrica, Econometric Society, pages 609-666.
    4. Joel L. Horowitz & Sokbae Lee, 2015. "Nonparametric estimation and inference under shape restrictions," CeMMAP working papers CWP67/15, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    5. Andrews, Donald W.K. & Shi, Xiaoxia, 2014. "Nonparametric inference based on conditional moment inequalities," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, pages 31-45.
    6. Andres Aradillas-Lopez & Adam Rosen, 2013. "Inference in ordered response games with complete information," CeMMAP working papers CWP33/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    7. Chen, Le-Yu & Szroeter, Jerzy, 2014. "Testing multiple inequality hypotheses: A smoothed indicator approach," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 178(P3), pages 678-693.
    8. Sainan Jin & Valentina Corradi & Norman Swanson, 2015. "Robust Forecast Comparison," Departmental Working Papers 201502, Rutgers University, Department of Economics.
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    10. Joel L. Horowitz & Sokbae Lee, 2016. "Nonparametric estimation and inference under shape restrictions," CeMMAP working papers CWP29/16, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
    11. Armstrong, Timothy B., 2015. "Asymptotically exact inference in conditional moment inequality models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 186(1), pages 51-65.
    12. Elena Krasnokutskaya & Kyungchul Song & Xun Tang, 2013. "The Role of Quality in Service Markets Organized as Multi-Attribute Auctions," PIER Working Paper Archive 13-053, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania.
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    16. Timothy B. Armstrong & Hock Peng Chan, 2013. "Multiscale Adaptive Inference on Conditional Moment Inequalities," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1885, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.

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    Keywords

    Conditional moment inequalities; Kernel estimation; One-sided test; Local power; Lp norm; Poissonization;

    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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