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Comparing Features of Convenient Estimators for Binary Choice Models With Endogenous Regressors

  • Yingying Dong

    (California State University, Irvine)

  • Arthur Lewbel

    ()

    (Boston College)

  • Thomas Tao Yang

    (Boston College)

We discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of four types of convenient estimators of binary choice models when regressors may be endogenous or mismeasured, or when errors are likely to be heteroskedastic. For example, such models arise when treatment is not randomly assigned and outcomes are binary. The estimators we compare are the two stage least squares linear probability model, maximum likelihood estimation, control function estimators, and special regressor methods. We specifically focus on models and associated estimators that are easy to implement. Also, for calculating choice probabilities and regressor marginal effects, we propose the average index function (AIF), which, unlike the average structural function (ASF), is always easy to estimate.

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Paper provided by Boston College Department of Economics in its series Boston College Working Papers in Economics with number 789.

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Date of creation: 15 Feb 2012
Date of revision: 15 May 2012
Publication status: published, Canadian Journal of Economics, 2012, 45:3, 809-829
Handle: RePEc:boc:bocoec:789
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