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A Monte Carlo Comparison of Semiparametric Tobit Estimators


  • Moon, Choon-Geol


This paper focuses on a performance comparison of semiparametric Tobit estimators. Firstly, a conditional expectation verison of Horowitz's distribution-free least-squares estimator is proposed, together with a short description of the other estimators considered in the later Monte Carlo experiment. Then, a performance comparison of the following selected estimators is made through a Monte Carlo experiment: the standard Tobit maximum-likelihood estimator, the Buckley-James estimator, Horowitz's distribution-free least-squares estimator, a conditional version of Horowitz's estimator and Powell's least absolute deviations estimator. An empirical example of Engel curve estimation with zero expenditures follows. Copyright 1989 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • Moon, Choon-Geol, 1989. "A Monte Carlo Comparison of Semiparametric Tobit Estimators," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 4(4), pages 361-382, Oct.-Dec..
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:4:y:1989:i:4:p:361-82

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