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Re: st: Sargan's difference test

From   "Mark Schaffer" <>
Subject   Re: st: Sargan's difference test
Date   Wed, 13 Nov 2002 16:25:56 -0000


Date sent:      	Wed, 13 Nov 2002 16:35:21 +0100
From:           	Kai Kirchesch <>
Subject:        	st: Sargan's difference test
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> I am using the xtabond command for GMM estimation. However, the results 
> only report the Sargan statistic.
> Is there any possibility to perform the Sargan's difference test with Stata?
> Thanks,
> Kai

If you are using xtabond, can you not estimate the constrained and 
unconstrained versions of the equation and take the difference of the 
two Sargan statistics?

This should be correct asymptotically, but you may run into the 
problem of a negative test statistic, akin to the negative Hausman 
test statistic that was discussed on the list last week.  Even this 
can probably be easily solved with the xtabond one-step Sargan 
statistic by using the same error variance (presumably from the more 
efficient estimation) for the two Sargan stats before taking the 


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