Smoothed GMM for quantile models
Luciano de Castro,
David Kaplan () and
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Luciano de Castro: University of Iowa
Antonio Galvao: University of Arizona
No 1803, Working Papers from Department of Economics, University of Missouri
This paper develops theory for feasible estimation and testing of finite-dimensional parameters identified by general conditional quantile restrictions, under much weaker assumptions than previously seen in the literature. This includes instrumental variables nonlinear quantile regression as a special case. More specifically, we consider a set of unconditional moments implied by the conditional quantile restrictions, providing conditions for local identification. Since estimators based on the sample moments are generally impossible to compute numerically in practice, we study feasible estimators based on smoothed sample moments. We propose a method of moments estimator for exactly identified models, as well as a generalized method of moments estimator for over-identified models. We establish consistency and asymptotic normality of both estimators under general conditions that allow for weakly dependent data and nonlinear structural models. Simulations with iid and dependent data illustrate the finite-sample properties. Our in-depth empirical application concerns the consumption Euler equation derived from quantile utility maximization. Advantages of the quantile Euler equation include robustness to fat tails, decoupling of risk attitude from the elasticity of intertemporal substitution, and log-linearization without any approximation error. For the four countries we examine, the quantile estimates of discount factor and elasticity of intertemporal substitution are economically reasonable for a range of quantiles above the median, even when two-stage least squares estimates are not reasonable.
Keywords: instrumental variables; nonlinear quantile regression; quantile utility maximization (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C31 C32 C36 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2017-07-10, Revised 2018-02-28
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Working Paper: Smoothed GMM for quantile models (2018)
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