Minimum Distance Estimation of the Errors-In-Variables Model Using Linear Cumulant Equations
31 Pages Posted: 3 Feb 2013 Last revised: 6 Dec 2015
Date Written: June 16, 2014
We consider a multiple mismeasured regressor errors-in-variables model. We develop closed-form minimum distance estimators from any number of estimating equations, which are linear in the third and higher cumulants of the observable variables. Using the cumulant estimators alters qualitative inference relative to ordinary least squares in two applications related to investment and leverage regressions. The estimators perform well in Monte Carlos calibrated to resemble the data from our applications. Although the cumulant estimators are asymptotically equivalent to the moment estimators from Erickson and Whited (2002), the finite-sample performance of the cumulant estimators exceeds that of the moment estimators.
Keywords: errors-in-variables, higher cumulants, investment, leverage
JEL Classification: C15, C26, E22, G31
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