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On Weighted Estimation in Linear Regression in th Presence of Parameter Uncertainty

We consider estimating the linear regression model’s coefficients when there is uncertainty about coefficient restrictions. Theorems establish that the mean squared errors of combination estimators, formed as weighted averages of the ordinary least squares and one or more restricted least squares estimators, depend on finding the optimal estimator of a single normally distributed vector. Our results generalize those of Magnus and Durbin (1999) [Magnus, J.R., Durbin, J. 1999. Estimation of regression coefficients of interest when other regression coefficients are of no interest. Econometrica 67, 639-643] and Danilov and Magnus (2004) [Danilov, D., Magnus, J.R. 2004. On the harm that ignoring pretesting can cause. Journal of Econometrics 122, 27-46].

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Victoria in its series Econometrics Working Papers with number 0701.

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Length: 8 pages
Date of creation: 09 Apr 2007
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Handle: RePEc:vic:vicewp:0701
Note: ISSN 1485-6441
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  1. Kim, Tae-Hwan & White, Halbert, 2000. "James-Stein Type Estimators in Large Samples with Application to the Least Absolute Deviations Estimator," University of California at San Diego, Economics Working Paper Series qt4zq9k3qh, Department of Economics, UC San Diego.
  2. Giles, Judith A & Giles, David E A, 1993. " Pre-test Estimation and Testing in Econometrics: Recent Developments," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 7(2), pages 145-97, June.
  3. Jan R. Magnus, 2002. "Estimation of the mean of a univariate normal distribution with known variance," Econometrics Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 5(1), pages 225-236, June.
  4. Zou, Guohua & Wan, Alan T.K. & Wu, Xiaoyong & Chen, Ti, 2007. "Estimation of regression coefficients of interest when other regression coefficients are of no interest: The case of non-normal errors," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 77(8), pages 803-810, April.
  5. Dmitry Danilov, 2005. "Estimation of the mean of a univariate normal distribution when the variance is not known," Econometrics Journal, Royal Economic Society, vol. 8(3), pages 277-291, December.
  6. Jan R. Magnus & J. Durbin, 1999. "Estimation of Regression Coefficients of Interest When Other Regression Coefficients Are of No Interest," Econometrica, Econometric Society, vol. 67(3), pages 639-644, May.
  7. Danilov, Dmitry & Magnus, J.R.Jan R., 2004. "On the harm that ignoring pretesting can cause," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 122(1), pages 27-46, September.
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