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Empirical Likelihood for Efficient Semiparametric Average Treatment Effects

Francesco Bravo () and David Jacho-Chávez ()

Econometric Reviews, 2011, vol. 30, issue 1, 1-24

Abstract: This article considers empirical likelihood in the context of efficient semiparametric estimators of average treatment effects. It shows that the empirical likelihood ratio converges to a nonstandard distribution, and proposes a corrected test statistic that is asymptotically chi-squared. A small Monte Carlo experiment suggests that the corrected empirical likelihood ratio statistic has competitive finite sample properties. The results of the article are applied to estimate the environmental effect of the World Trade Organisation.

Keywords: Empirical likelihood; Local polynomial regression; Plug-in principle; Propensity score; Weighted moment conditions; WTO (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
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DOI: 10.1080/07474938.2011.520547

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