Bayesian Indirect Inference and the ABC of GMM
Michael Creel (),
Jiti Gao (),
Han Hong () and
Dennis Kristensen ()
No 1/16, Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers from Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics
We propose and study local linear and polynomial based nonparametric regression methods for implementing Approximate Bayesian Computation (ABC) style indirect inference and GMM estimators. These estimators do not need to rely on numerical optimization or Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulations. They provide an effective complement to the classical M-estimators and to MCMC methods, and can be applied to both likelihood and method of moment based models. We provide formal conditions under which frequentist inference is asymptotically valid and demonstrate the validity of estimated posterior quantiles for confidence interval construction. We also show that in this setting, local linear kernel regression methods have theoretical advantages over local constant kernel methods that are also reflected in finite sample simulation results. Our results apply to both exactly and over identified models.
Keywords: GMM-estimators; Laplace transformations; ABC estimators; nonparametric regressions; simulation-based estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C12 C15 C22 C52 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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