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Worst-case estimation and asymptotic theory for models with unobservables

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  • Esteban-Bravo, Mercedes
  • Vidal-Sanz, Jose M.

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This paper proposes a worst-case approach for estimating econometric models containing unobservable variables. Worst-case estimators are robust against the adverse effects of unobservables. In contrast to the classical literature, there are no assumptions about the statistical nature of the unobservables in a worst-case estimation. This method is robust with respect to the unknown probability distribution of the unobservables and should be seen as a complement to standard methods, as cautious modelers should compare different estimations to determine robust models. The limit theory is obtained. A Monte Carlo study of finite sample properties has been conducted. An economic application is included.

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  • Esteban-Bravo, Mercedes & Vidal-Sanz, Jose M., 2004. "Worst-case estimation and asymptotic theory for models with unobservables," DEE - Working Papers. Business Economics. WB wb045518, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Departamento de Economía de la Empresa.
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    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C60 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - General

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