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Moment inequalities and their application

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  • Kate Ho

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Joy Ishii

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Ariel Pakes

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Harvard University)

  • Jack Porter

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Wisconsin)

Abstract

This paper provides conditions under which the inequality constraints generated by either single agent optimizing behavior, or by the Nash equilibria of multiple agent problems, can be used as a basis for estimation and inference. We also add to the econometric literature on inference in models defined by inequality constraints by providing a new specification test and methods of inference for the boundaries of the model's identified set. Two applications illustrate how the use of inequality constraints can simplify the problem of obtaining estimators from complex behavioral models of substantial applied interest.

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  • Kate Ho & Joy Ishii & Ariel Pakes & Jack Porter, 2007. "Moment inequalities and their application," CeMMAP working papers CWP16/07, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
  • Handle: RePEc:ifs:cemmap:16/07
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