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The Integrated Instrumental Variables Estimator: Exploiting Nonlinearities for Identification of Linear Models

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  • Juan Carlos Escanciano

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A new estimator for linear models with endogenous regressors and strictly exogenous instruments is proposed. The new estimator, called the Integrated Instrumental Variables (IIV) estimator, only requires minimal assumptions to identify the true parameters, thereby providing a potential robust alternative to classical Instrumental Variables (IV) methods when instruments and endogenous variables are partially uncorrelated (i.e. weak identification holds) but are non-linearly dependent. The IIV estimator is simple to compute, as it can be written as a weighted least squares estimator and it does not require to solve an ill-posed problem and the subsequent regularization. Monte Carlo evidence suggests that the IIV estimator can be a valuable alternative to IV and optimal IV in finite samples under weak identification. An application to estimating the elasticity of intertemporal substitution highlights the merits of the proposed approach over classical IV methods.

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  • Juan Carlos Escanciano, 2010. "The Integrated Instrumental Variables Estimator: Exploiting Nonlinearities for Identification of Linear Models," Caepr Working Papers 2010-001, Center for Applied Economics and Policy Research, Economics Department, Indiana University Bloomington.
  • Handle: RePEc:inu:caeprp:2010-001
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    1. Manuel A. Dominguez & Ignacio N. Lobato, 2001. "A Consistent Test for the Martingale Difference Hypothesis," Working Papers 0101, Centro de Investigacion Economica, ITAM.
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