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Orthogonal Polynomials for Seminonparametric Instrumental Variables Model


  • Yevgeniy Kovchegov
  • Nese Yildiz


We develop an approach that resolves a {\it polynomial basis problem} for a class of models with discrete endogenous covariate, and for a class of econometric models considered in the work of Newey and Powell (2003), where the endogenous covariate is continuous. Suppose $X$ is a $d$-dimensional endogenous random variable, $Z_1$ and $Z_2$ are the instrumental variables (vectors), and $Z=\left(\begin{array}{c}Z_1 \\Z_2\end{array}\right)$. Now, assume that the conditional distributions of $X$ given $Z$ satisfy the conditions sufficient for solving the identification problem as in Newey and Powell (2003) or as in Proposition 1.1 of the current paper. That is, for a function $\pi(z)$ in the image space there is a.s. a unique function $g(x,z_1)$ in the domain space such that $$E[g(X,Z_1)~|~Z]=\pi(Z) \qquad Z-a.s.$$ In this paper, for a class of conditional distributions $X|Z$, we produce an orthogonal polynomial basis $Q_j(x,z_1)$ such that for a.e. $Z_1=z_1$, and for all $j \in \mathbb{Z}_+^d$, and a certain $\mu(Z)$, $$P_j(\mu(Z))=E[Q_j(X, Z_1)~|~Z ],$$ where $P_j$ is a polynomial of degree $j$. This is what we call solving the {\it polynomial basis problem}. Assuming the knowledge of $X|Z$ and an inference of $\pi(z)$, our approach provides a natural way of estimating the structural function of interest $g(x,z_1)$. Our polynomial basis approach is naturally extended to Pearson-like and Ord-like families of distributions.

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  • Yevgeniy Kovchegov & Nese Yildiz, 2014. "Orthogonal Polynomials for Seminonparametric Instrumental Variables Model," Papers 1409.1620,
  • Handle: RePEc:arx:papers:1409.1620

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