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Asymptotic efficiency of semiparametric two-step GMM

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  • Xiaohong Chen

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Yale University)

  • Jinyong Hahn

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

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In this note, we characterise the semiparametric efficiency bound for a class of semiparametric models in which the unknown nuisance functions are identified via nonparametric conditional moment restrictions with possibly non-nested or over-lapping conditioning sets, and the finite dimensional parameters are potentially over-identified via unconditional moment restrictions involving the nuisance functions. We discover a surprising result that semiparametric two-step optimally weighted GMM estimators achieve the efficiency bound, where the nuisance functions could be estimated via any consistent non-parametric procedures in the first step. Regardless of whether the efficiency bound has a closed form expression or not, we provide easy-to-compute sieve based optimal weight matrices that lead to asymptotically efficient two-step GMM estimators.

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  • Xiaohong Chen & Jinyong Hahn, 2012. "Asymptotic efficiency of semiparametric two-step GMM," CeMMAP working papers CWP31/12, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    Keywords

    Overlapping information sets; semiparametric efficiency; two-step GMM;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C31 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models; Quantile Regressions; Social Interaction 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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