Robust Efficient Method of Moments
University of Geneva; Swiss Finance Institute
University of Lugano
This paper focuses on the robust Efficient Method of Moments (EMM) estimation of a general parametric stationary process and proposes a broad framework for constructing robust EMM statistics in this context. This extends the application field of robust statistics to very general time series settings, including situations where the structural and the auxiliary models in the EMM estimating equations are different, models with latent non linear dynamics, and models where no closed form expressions for the robust pseudo score of the given EMM auxiliary model are available. We characterize the local robustness properties of EMM estimators for time series by computing the corresponding influence functions and propose two versions of a robust EMM (REMM) estimator with bounded IF. Two algorithms by which the two versions of a REMM estimator can be implemented are presented. We then show by Monte Carlo simulation that our REMM estimators are very successful in controlling for the asymptotic bias under model misspecification while maintaining a high efficiency under the ideal structural model.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 40
Keywords: Efficient Method of Moments, Indirect Inference, Influence Function, Robust Estimation, Robust Statistics
JEL Classification: C1, C13, C14, C15, C22
Date posted: October 16, 2002