Undersmoothing and Bias Corrected
Posted: 1 Jan 1999
Date Written: October 1998
There are many important examples of -consistently estimable functionals that are interesting in econometrics, such as average derivatives and nonparametric consumer surplus. Corresponding estimators may require undersmoothing to achieve -consistency, due to first order bias in the expected influence function. We give a general bias correction that can be added to a plug-in estimator to remove the need for undersmoothing and improve its higher order properties. We also describe a bootstrap smoothing correction for the nonparametric estimator that achieves analogous results for the plug-in estimator and show that idempotent transformations of the empirical distribution need not require undersmoothing for -consistency. We find that this bias correction can lead to large efficiency improvements and lower sensitivity to bandwidth choice.
JEL Classification: C13, C14
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