[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date index][Thread index]

st: RE: RE: instrumental variable nomenclature

From   "Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: RE: instrumental variable nomenclature
Date   Mon, 25 Aug 2008 14:22:40 -0500

Hi Mark, Stas -  

Sorry, I think I didn't explain the causative sequence properly. What I
should have said was that Z affects X through X = h(Z) + d, where d is
an error term independent of e. For example, Z is a dose and X is a
(non-observable) effect. That's why I thought that Z would be an
instrument for X rather than the other way around. Does your
interpretation still with the above causative sequence?



-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Schaffer,
Mark E
Sent: Monday, August 25, 2008 2:07 PM
Subject: st: RE: instrumental variable nomenclature


> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Feiveson, 
> Alan H. (JSC-SK311)
> Sent: 25 August 2008 19:26
> To:
> Subject: st: instrumental variable nomenclature
> Hi - I am looking for a name/title to describe the following 
> simulatenous-equation model:
> This starts with a linear regression model Y = X*b + e, but X is not 
> observed. However we know X is correlated with an observable variable 
> Z, with error term independent of e. So at this point, would it be 
> correct to say this is an instrumental variable model with Z as an 
> instrument for X?

Not quite.  Say the "true model" is

Y = X*b + e

but you estimate

Y = Z*b + u

Z is an imperfect measure of X.  Say that

Z = X*a + v

This is the classic measurement error problem.  If you had an instrument
for X, you could get a consistent estimate of b using linear IV.



> Furthermore we also observe K = g(X) where g is a step function (for 
> example, K follows an ordered probit model with X as the latent 
> variable). So to get the nomenclature straight, can I say that this is

> a nonlinear simultaneous equation model (one equation for Y given X, 
> and one for K given X), with Z as an "instrumental variable for X"?
> Of course, how to estimate such a model is another story!
> Thanks for whatever suggestions (names or estimation
> approach) you can provide.
> Al Feiveson
> *
> *   For searches and help try:
> *
> *
> *

Heriot-Watt University is a Scottish charity registered under charity
number SC000278.

*   For searches and help try:

*   For searches and help try:

© Copyright 1996–2015 StataCorp LP   |   Terms of use   |   Privacy   |   Contact us   |   What's new   |   Site index