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Testing identifying assumptions in nonseparable panel data models

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Recent work on nonparametric identification of average partial effects (APEs) from panel data require restrictions on individual or time heterogeneity. Identifying assumptions under the “generalized first-differencing” category, such as time homogeneity (Chernozhukov et al., 2013), have testable equality restrictions on the distribution of the outcome variable. This paper proposes specification tests based on these restrictions. The bootstrap critical values for the resulting Kolmogorov–Smirnov and Cramer–von-Mises statistics are shown to be asymptotically valid and deliver good finite-sample properties in Monte Carlo simulations. An empirical application illustrates the merits of testing nonparametric identification from an empiricist’s perspective.

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  • Ghanem, Dalia, 2017. "Testing identifying assumptions in nonseparable panel data models," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 197(2), pages 202-217.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:197:y:2017:i:2:p:202-217
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2016.11.005
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    Panel data; Nonparametric identification; Specification testing; Discrete regressors; Bootstrap adjustment; Kolmogorov–Smirnov statistic; Cramer–von-Mises statistic;
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    JEL classification:

    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities

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