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Re: st: re: ivreg2 running OLS not 2SLS

From   "Austin Nichols" <>
Subject   Re: st: re: ivreg2 running OLS not 2SLS
Date   Fri, 21 Sep 2007 10:29:16 -0400

I would make Kit's point more forcefully: if you can find good
instruments, the rest of the analysis is simple, and you can publish
it in a top journal (so don't expect a _lot_ of free advice on good
instruments), but it's a good bet that what you think are good
instruments will not be thought so by others, or will turn out not to
be on further examination.  Even a lot of the most famous clever IV
specifications were later called into question, e.g.

Hoxby and Rothstein, both later published in AER:


Angrist and Krueger. 1991. "Does Compulsory School Attendance Affect
Schooling and Earnings?" The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 106(4):
979-1014. [see also]
Bound, Jaeger, and Baker. 1995. "Problems with Instrumental Variables
Estimation when the Correlation Between the Instruments and the
Endogenous Explanatory Variables is Weak," Journal of the American
Statistical Association, 90(430): 443-450. [see also and]

Also, please bear in mind that IV estimates are still biased (though
they are at least consistent when all the assumptions are satisfied--a
tall order, as I have said above).

On 9/21/07, Kit Baum <> wrote:
> The issue of where to find valid instruments depends on the context
> of your model.
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