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A Generalized Moments Estimator for the Autoregressive Parameter in a Spatial Model

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    This paper is concerned with the estimation of the autoregressive parameter in a widely considered spatial autocorrelation model. The typical estimator for this parameter considered in the literature is the (quasi) maximum likelihood estimator corresponding to a normal density. However, as discussed in the paper, the (quasi) maximum likelihood estimator may not be computationally feasible in many cases involving moderate or large sized samples. In this paper we suggest a generalized moments estimator that is computationally simple irrespective of the sample size. We provide results concerning the large and small sample properties of this estimator.

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    Paper provided by University of Maryland, Department of Economics in its series Electronic Working Papers with number 95-001.

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    Date of creation: Feb 1995
    Date of revision: Mar 1997
    Handle: RePEc:umd:umdeco:95-001
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