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Structural Inference from Reduced Forms with Many Instruments

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This paper develops exact finite sample and asymptotic distributions for structural equation tests based on partially restricted reduced form estimates. Particular attention is given to models with large numbers of instruments, wherein the use of partially restricted reduced form estimates is shown to be especially advantageous in statistical testing even in cases of uniformly weak instruments and reduced forms. Comparisons are made with methods based on unrestricted reduced forms, and numerical computations showing finite sample performance of the tests are reported. Some new results are obtained on inequalities between noncentral chi-squared distributions with different degrees of freedom that assist in analytic power comparisons.

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  • Wayne Yuan Gao & Peter C.B. Phillips, 2016. "Structural Inference from Reduced Forms with Many Instruments," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 2062, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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    Keywords

    Exact distributions; Partial identification; Partially restricted reduced form; Structural inference; Unidentified structure; Weak reduced form;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C32 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes; State Space Models

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