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A Nonlinear Panel Data Model of Cross-Sectional Dependence

  • James Mitchell

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  • George Kapetanios
  • Yongcheol Shin

This paper proposes a nonlinear panel data model which can generate endogenously both `weak' and `strong' cross-sectional dependence. The model's distinguishing characteristic is that a given agent's behaviour is influenced by an aggregation of the views or actions of those around them. The model allows for considerable flexibility in terms of the genesis of this herding or clustering type behaviour. At an econometric level, the model is shown to nest various extant dynamic panel data models. These include panel AR models, spatial models, which accommodate weak dependence only, and panel models where cross-sectional averages or factors exogenously generate strong, but not weak, cross sectional dependence. An important implication is that the appropriate model for the aggregate series becomes intrinsically nonlinear, due to the clustering behaviour, and thus requires the disaggregates to be simultaneously considered with the aggregate. We provide the associated asymptotic theory for estimation and inference. This is supplemented with Monte Carlo studies and two empirical applications which indicate the utility of our proposed model as both a structural and reduced form vehicle to model different types of cross-sectional dependence, including evolving clusters.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Leicester in its series Discussion Papers in Economics with number 12/01.

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