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Split-panel jackknife estimation of fixed-effect models

  • DHAENE, Geert

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    (K.U.Leuven, Department of Economics, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium)

  • JOCHMANS, Koen

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    (Center for Operations Research and Econometrics (CORE), Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain la Neuve, Belgium)

We propose a jackknife for reducing the order of the bias of maximum likelihood estimates of nonlinear dynamic fixed-effect panel models. In its simplest form, the half-panel jackknife, the estimatorisjust 2θˆ−θ1/2,where θˆ!istheMLEfromthefullpaneland θ1/2 istheaverageofthe two half-panel MLEs, each using T/2 time periods and all N cross-sectional units. This estimatoreliminates the first-order bias of θˆ . The order of the bias is further reduced if two partitions of the panel are used, for example, two half-panels and three 1/3-panels, and the corresponding MLEs.On further partitioning the panel, any order of bias reduction can be achieved. The split-panel jackknife estimators are asymptotically normal, centered at the true value, with variance equal to that of the MLE under asymptotics where T is allowed to grow slowly with N. In analogous fashion, the split-panel jackknife reduces the bias of the profile likelihood and the bias of marginal-effect estimates. Simulations in fixed-effect dynamic discrete-choice models with small T show that the split-panel jackknife effectively reduces the bias and mean squared error of the MLE, and yields confidence intervals with much better coverage.

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