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Empirical evidence concerning the finite sample performance of El-type structural equation estimation and inference methods

  • Mittelhammer, Ronald C.
  • Judge, George G.

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    (University of California, Berkeley. Dept of agricultural and resource economics and policy)

  • Schoenberg, Ron

This paper presents empirical evidence concerning the finite sample performance of conventional and generalized empirical likelihood-type estimators that utilize instruments in the context of linear structural models characterized by endogenous explanatory variables. There are suggestions in the literature that traditional and non-traditional asymptotically efficient estimators based on moment equations may, for the relatively small sample sizes usually encountered in econometric practice, have relatively large biases and/or variances and provide an inadequate basis for estimation and inference. Given this uncertainty we use a range of data sampling processes and Monte Carlo sampling procedures to accumulate finite sample empirical evidence concerning these questions for a family of generalized empirical likelihood-type estimators in comparison to conventional 2SLS and GMM estimators. Solutions to EL-type empirical momentconstrained optimization problems present formidable numerical challenges. We identify effective optimization algorithms for meeting these challenges.

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Paper provided by University of California at Berkeley, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Policy in its series CUDARE Working Paper Series with number 945.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 2003
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Handle: RePEc:are:cudare:945
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