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Regularized LIML for many instruments

Marine Carrasco () and Guy Tchuente ()

Journal of Econometrics, 2015, vol. 186, issue 2, 427-442

Abstract: The use of many moment conditions improves the asymptotic efficiency of the instrumental variables estimators. However, in finite samples, the inclusion of an excessive number of moments increases the bias. To solve this problem, we propose regularized versions of the limited information maximum likelihood (LIML) based on three different regularizations: Tikhonov, Landweber–Fridman, and principal components. Our estimators are consistent and asymptotically normal under heteroskedastic error. Moreover, they reach the semiparametric efficiency bound assuming homoskedastic error. We show that the regularized LIML estimators possess finite moments when the sample size is large enough. The higher order expansion of the mean square error (MSE) shows the dominance of regularized LIML over regularized two-staged least squares estimators. We devise a data driven selection of the regularization parameter based on the approximate MSE. A Monte Carlo study and two empirical applications illustrate the relevance of our estimators.

Keywords: Heteroskedasticity; High-dimensional models; LIML; Many instruments; MSE; Regularization methods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2015
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DOI: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2015.02.018

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