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A Nonparametric Maximum Rank Correlation Estimator

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This paper presents a nonparametric and distribution-free estimator for the function h*, of observable exogenous variables, x, in the generalized regression model, y-G(h*(x), mu). The method does not require a parametric specification for either the function h* or for the distribution of the random term mu. The estimation proceeds by maximizing a rank correlation criterion (Han (1987) over a set of functions that are monotone increasing, concave, and homogeneous degree one; the function h* is assumed to belong to this set of functions. The estimator is shown to be strongly consistent.

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  • Rosa L. Matzkin, 1989. "A Nonparametric Maximum Rank Correlation Estimator," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 918, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
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    1. Joseph G. Altonji & Hidehiko Ichimura & Taisuke Otsu, 2012. "Estimating Derivatives in Nonseparable Models With Limited Dependent Variables," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 80(4), pages 1701-1719, July.

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