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CONSISTENCY AND EFFICIENCY OF LEAST SQUARES ESTIMATION FOR MIXED REGRESSIVE, SPATIAL AUTOREGRESSIVE MODELS

Lung-Fei Lee ()

Econometric Theory, 2002, vol. 18, issue 2, 252-277

Abstract: Least squares estimation has casually been dismissed as an inconsistent estimation method for mixed regressive, spatial autoregressive models with or without spatial correlated disturbances. Although this statement is correct for a wide class of models, we show that, in economic spatial environments where each unit can be influenced aggregately by a significant portion of units in the population, least squares estimators can be consistent. Indeed, they can even be asymptotically efficient relative to some other estimators. Their computations are easier than alternative instrumental variables and maximum likelihood approaches.

Date: 2002
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