CFDP 1828R

GMM Estimation and Uniform Subvector Inference with Possible Identification Failure


Publication Date: October 2011

Revision Date: January 2013

Pages: 58


This paper determines the properties of standard generalized method of moments (GMM) estimators, tests, and confidence sets (CS’s) in moment condition models in which some parameters are unidentified or weakly identified in part of the parameter space. The asymptotic distributions of GMM estimators are established under a full range of drifting sequences of true parameters and distributions. The asymptotic sizes (in a uniform sense) of standard GMM tests and CS’s are established.

The paper also establishes the correct asymptotic sizes of “robust” GMM-based Wald, t; and quasi-likelihood ratio tests and CS’s whose critical values are designed to yield robustness to identification problems.

The results of the paper are applied to a nonlinear regression model with endogeneity and a probit model with endogeneity and possibly weak instrumental variables.

Supplemental Material: Supplemental material

Supplement pages: 30


Asymptotic size, Confidence set, Generalized method of moments, GMM estimator, Identification, Nonlinear models, Test, Wald test, Weak identification

JEL Classification Codes:  C12, C15

See CFP: 1414