Even Count Estimation
Felix Chan and
No 2018_2, CEU Working Papers from Department of Economics, Central European University
This paper proposes a new estimation procedure called Event Count Estimator (ECE). The estimator is straightforward to implement and it is robust against outliers, censoring and excess zeros in the data. The paper establishes asymptotic properties of the new estimator and the theoretical results are supported by several Monte Carlo experiments. These also show that the estimator has reasonable properties in moderate to large samples. As such, the cost of inefficiency for robustness is negligible from an applied viewpoint. The practical usefulness of the new estimator is demonstrated via an empirical application of the Gravity Model of trade.
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