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A note on Measurement Error and Euler Equations: an Alternative to Log-Linear Approximations

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  • Eva Ventura

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Empirical research based on panel data has to pay special attention to measurement errors. Utility maximization often yields nonlinear decision rules in which measurement errors enter in a multiplicative way. The usual strategy to deal with them consists of taking log-linear approximations of the equations to estímate. The expression to be estimated then includes a new error component and the estimators could be biased and inconsistent. We describe one particular parameterization that avoids linearizing the equation we want to estimate.

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  • Eva Ventura, 2003. "A note on Measurement Error and Euler Equations: an Alternative to Log-Linear Approximations," General Economics and Teaching 0312004, EconWPA.
  • Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpgt:0312004
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    Keywords

    Panel; Euler equations; Measurement error; GMM;

    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis

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