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Correlated random effects models with unbalanced panels

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I propose some strategies for allowing unobserved heterogeneity to be correlated withobserved covariates and sample selection for unbalanced panels. The methods are extensions of the Chamberlain–Mundlak approach for balanced panels when explanatory variables are strictly exogenous conditional on unobserved effects. A byproduct is fully robust Hausman tests for unbalanced panels. Even for nonlinear models, in many cases the estimators can be implemented using standard software. The framework suggests straightforward tests for sample selection that is correlated with unobserved shocks while allowing selection to be correlated with the observed covariates and unobserved heterogeneity.

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  • Wooldridge, Jeffrey M., 2019. "Correlated random effects models with unbalanced panels," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 211(1), pages 137-150.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:econom:v:211:y:2019:i:1:p:137-150
    DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2018.12.010
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    Keywords

    Correlated random effects; Panel data; Unbalanced panel; Hausman test;
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    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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