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On the Asymptotic Optimality of the LIML Estimator with Possibly Many Instruments

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  • T. W. Anderson

    (Department of Statistics and Department of Economics, Stanford University)

  • Naoto Kunitomo

    (Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo)

  • Yukitoshi Matsushita

    (CIRJE, University of Tokyo)

Abstract

We consider the estimation of the coefficients of a linear structural equation in a simultaneous equation system when there are many instrumental variables. We derive some asymptotic properties of the limited information maximum likelihood (LIML) estimator when the number of instruments is large; some of these results are new and we relate them to results in some recent studies. We have found that the variance of the LIML estimator and its modifications often attain the asymptotic lower bound when the number of instruments is large and the disturbance terms are not necessarily normally distributed, that is, for the micro-econometric models with many instruments.

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  • T. W. Anderson & Naoto Kunitomo & Yukitoshi Matsushita, 2008. "On the Asymptotic Optimality of the LIML Estimator with Possibly Many Instruments," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-542, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
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    5. Yukitoshi Matsushita, 2007. "t-Tests in a Structural Equation with Many Instruments," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-467, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
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    1. Kunitomo, Naoto & Matsushita, Yukitoshi, 2009. "Asymptotic expansions and higher order properties of semi-parametric estimators in a system of simultaneous equations," Journal of Multivariate Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 100(8), pages 1727-1751, September.
    2. Naoto Kunitomo, 2012. "An optimal modification of the LIML estimation for many instruments and persistent heteroscedasticity," Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics, Springer;The Institute of Statistical Mathematics, vol. 64(5), pages 881-910, October.
    3. Carrasco, Marine & Tchuente, Guy, 2015. "Regularized LIML for many instruments," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 186(2), pages 427-442.
    4. T. W. Anderson & Naoto Kunitomo & Yukitoshi Matsushita, 2008. "On Finite Sample Properties of Alternative Estimators of Coefficients in a Structural Equation with Many Instruments," CIRJE F-Series CIRJE-F-577, CIRJE, Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo.
    5. Michal Kolesár & Raj Chetty & John Friedman & Edward Glaeser & Guido W. Imbens, 2015. "Identification and Inference With Many Invalid Instruments," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 33(4), pages 474-484, October.
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