Composite Likelihood Estimation of an Autoregressive Panel Probit Model with Random Effects
Bank of Canada Staff Working Paper 2019-16, May 2019
68 Pages Posted: 29 May 2019
Date Written: May 2, 2019
Modeling and estimating autocorrelated discrete data can be challenging. In this paper, we use an autoregressive panel probit model where the autocorrelation in the discrete variable is driven by the autocorrelation in the latent variable. In such a non-linear model, the autocorrelation in an unobserved variable results in an intractable likelihood containing high-dimensional integrals. To tackle this problem, we use composite likelihoods that involve much lower order of integration. However, parameter identification becomes problematic since the information employed in lower dimensional distributions may not be rich enough for identification. Therefore, we characterize types of composite likelihoods that are valid for this model and study conditions under which the parameters can be identified. Moreover, we provide consistency and asymptotic normality results of the pairwise composite likelihood estimator and conduct Monte Carlo studies to assess its finite-sample performances. Finally, we apply our method to analyze credit ratings. The results indicate a significant improvement in the estimated probabilities for rating transitions compared with static models.
Keywords: Autocorrelated discrete variables, non-linear panel data models, identification, dynamic binary choice, intractable likelihood, credit ratings
JEL Classification: C23, C25, C58, G24
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