Nonparametric Generalized Least Squares in Applied Regression Analysis
University of Miami
August 23, 2013
Forthcoming, Pacific Economic Review
This paper compares a nonparametric generalized least squares (NPGLS) estimator to parametric feasible GLS (FGLS) and variants of heteroscedasticity robust standard error estimators (HRSEs) in an applied setting. Given myriad alternative HRSEs, a clear consensus on which version to use does not exist, and using alternative HRSEs can result in differing statistical conclusions. Further, FGLS is prone to model misspecification of the the scedastic function. Here we apply these various approaches to handling heteroscedasticity to data on professor rankings obtained from ratemyprofessor.com and find not only heteroscedasticity to be prevalent but NPGLS and FGLS provide different insights and the statistical significance of key variables varies across the seven versions of HRSEs.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: Heteroscedasticity, nonparametric, generalized least squares
JEL Classification: C13, C14
Date posted: August 11, 2013 ; Last revised: August 24, 2013
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