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Nonlinear factor models for network and panel data

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  • Mingli Chen

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Warwick)

  • Ivan Fernandez-Val

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and Boston University)

  • Martin Weidner

    () (Institute for Fiscal Studies and cemmap and UCL)

Abstract

Factor structures or interactive effects are convenient devices to incorporate latent variables in panel data models. We consider fixed effect estimation of nonlinear panel single-index models with factor structures in the unobservables, which include logit, probit, ordered probit and Poisson specifi cations. We establish that fi xed effect estimators of model parameters and average partial effects have normal distributions when the two dimensions of the panel grow large, but might suffer of incidental parameter bias. We show how models with factor structures can also be applied to capture important features of network data such as reciprocity, degree heterogeneity, homophily in latent variables and clustering. We illustrate this applicability with an empirical example to the estimation of a gravity equation of international trade between countries using a Poisson model with multiple factors.

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  • Mingli Chen & Ivan Fernandez-Val & Martin Weidner, 2018. "Nonlinear factor models for network and panel data," CeMMAP working papers CWP38/18, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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    1. Fernández-Val, Iván & Weidner, Martin, 2016. "Individual and time effects in nonlinear panel models with large N, T," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 192(1), pages 291-312.
    2. Thibaut Lamadon & Elena Manresa & Stephane Bonhomme, 2016. "Discretizing Unobserved Heterogeneity," 2016 Meeting Papers 1536, Society for Economic Dynamics.
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    Keywords

    Panel data; network data; interactive fixed effects; factor models; bias correction; incidental parameter problem; gravity equation;

    JEL classification:

    • C13 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Estimation: General
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models

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