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Joinging Panel Data with Cross-Sections for Efficiency Gains

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  • Randolph Luca Bruno

    () (University College London)

  • MARCO STAMPINI

    () (African Development Bank)

Abstract

Under the classical linear regression model assumptions, fixed effects estimates properly control for time-invariant unobservables and produce unbiased estimates. However, they often rely on limited data variability and present high standard errors. We present an innovative methodology that complements longitudinal data with other sources of unpaired data to increase estimation efficiency. The methodology assumes that the are no time varying unobservables correlated with the observables and with the fixed effects. We apply the methodology to three sets of Leaving Standard Measurement Study data from Nicaragua and estimate a household consumption model. We find that, if the correlation between observables and unobservables does not vary across time, our methodology has the potential to lead to unbiased and more efficient estimates.

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  • Randolph Luca Bruno & MARCO STAMPINI, 2009. "Joinging Panel Data with Cross-Sections for Efficiency Gains," Giornale degli Economisti, GDE (Giornale degli Economisti e Annali di Economia), Bocconi University, vol. 68(2), pages 149-173, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:gde:journl:gde_v68_n2_p149-173
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    Keywords

    Estimation Efficiency; Panel Data; Cross sections; Fixed Effects; Nicaragua;

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C42 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods: Special Topics - - - Survey Methods
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs

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