STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Estimation and Inference with a (Nearly) Singular Jacobian
Adam McCloskey (Brown University), joint with Sukjin Han
Thursday 22 September 2016 14:00 - 15:30
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This paper develops extremum estimation and inference results for nonlinear models with very general forms of potential identification failure when the source of this identification failure is known. We examine models that may have a general deficient rank Jacobian in certain parts of the parameter space. When identification fails in one of these models, it becomes under-identified and the identification status of individual parameters is not generally straightforward to characterize. We provide a systematic reparameterization procedure that leads to a reparameterized model with straightforward identification status. Using this reparameterization, we determine the asymptotic behavior of standard extremum estimators and Wald statistics under a comprehensive class of parameter sequences characterizing the strength of identification of the model parameters, ranging from non-identification to strong identification. Using the asymptotic results, we propose hypothesis testing methods that make use of a standard Wald statistic and data-dependent critical values, leading to tests with correct asymptotic size regardless of identification strength and good power properties. Importantly, this allows one to directly conduct uniform inference on low-dimensional functions of the model parameters, including one-dimensional subvectors. The paper illustrates these results in three examples: a sample selection model, a triangular threshold crossing model and a collective model for household expenditures.
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