Honest Confidence Sets in Nonparametric IV Regression and Other Ill-Posed Models

Econometric Theory (2020), 36(4)

60 Pages Posted: 5 May 2017 Last revised: 2 Mar 2021

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Andrii Babii

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Date Written: October 1, 2017


This paper develops inferential methods for a very general class of ill-posed models in econometrics encompassing the nonparametric instrumental regression, various functional regressions, and the density deconvolution. We focus on uniform confidence sets for the parameter of interest estimated with Tikhonov regularization, as in Darolles, Fan, Florens, and Renault (2011). Since it is impossible to have inferential methods based on the central limit theorem, we develop two alternative approaches relying on the concentration inequality and bootstrap approximations. We show that expected diameters and coverage properties of resulting sets have uniform validity over a large class of models, i.e., constructed confidence sets are honest. Monte Carlo experiments illustrate that introduced confidence sets have reasonable width and coverage properties. Using U.S. data, we provide uniform confidence sets for Engel curves for various commodities.

Keywords: nonparametric instrumental regression, functional linear regression, density deconvolution, honest uniform confidence sets, non-asymptotic inference, ill-posed models, Tikhonov regularization

JEL Classification: C14, C36

Suggested Citation

Babii, Andrii, Honest Confidence Sets in Nonparametric IV Regression and Other Ill-Posed Models (October 1, 2017). Econometric Theory (2020), 36(4), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2962746 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2962746

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