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Valid Confidence Intervals and Inference in the Presence of Weak Instruments

  • Zivot, E
  • Startz, R
  • Nelson, C-R

We investigate confidence intervals and inference for the instrumental variables model with weak instruments. Wald-based confidence intervals for a structural parameter perform poorly in that the probability they reject the null is far greater than their nominal size. We show that the preactice of "pre-testing" by looking at the significance of the fist-stage regression and then making inference based on the Wald statistic leads to extremely poor results when the instruments are very weak.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics at the University of Washington in its series Discussion Papers in Economics at the University of Washington with number 97-17.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1997
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Handle: RePEc:fth:washer:97-17
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