# Re: st: Nonlinear Least Squares and Fixed Effects

 From "Mark Schaffer" <[email protected]> To [email protected] Subject Re: st: Nonlinear Least Squares and Fixed Effects Date Tue, 20 Apr 2004 16:09:48 +0100

```Larry,

Is your estimation going to be consistent?  Sometimes, with fixed
effects models, the incidental parameters problem makes the estimator
inconsistent.

http://www.stern.nyu.edu/~wgreene/fixedeffects.doc

In your first example, it looks like you might be able to de-mean the
data by hand to wipe out the fixed effects and then do a constrained
linear estimation with -cnsreg-.

Hope this helps.

--Mark

Subject:        	st: Nonlinear Least Squares and Fixed Effects
Date sent:      	Mon, 19 Apr 2004 13:28:34 -0700
From:           	"Chavis, Larry Wilson" <[email protected]>
To:             	<[email protected]>

>
>
> Hi,
>
> I am working with panel data and I am trying to impose some nonlinear constraints on an equation with a large number of fixed effects.  So far I have been unsuccessful and I have a couple of questions in this regard.  Any advice you could provide would be greatly appreciated.
>
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> 1) For one specification I have run the following linear regression -xtreg lnunit dummy1 dummy2 dummy3 week2-week104, fe i(id)-.  Basically I have about 8,000 products (id's) that I have data on for 104 weeks.  I would also like to estimate this while constraining the coefficients on dummy1
dummy2 and dummy3 in a nonlinear fashion (i.e. _b[dummy1] = (_b[dummy2]^2) / _b[dummy3].  I am able to test the restriction post-estimation using -testnl-, but I would like to incorporate the restrictions into the regression.  Any ideas?
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> 2) Similarly I could aggregate the data by country so that the panel data now represents 43 countries over 104 weeks.  Now the data is a manageable size to use the -nl- command and set up the regression using -nlfcns-.  The only problem is that I am not sure how to set up the fixed effects
dummies in the equation.  The only thing I can think of is to us the brute force method and just type in something like - '1' = \$B1 * week1 + \$B2 * week2 + \$B3 week3 + ......-.  This seems a little cumbersome since I have over 140 fixed effect dummies.  I would also have to type a similarly long
list to declare and initialize the parameters. I thought of using -for num- to declare and initialize the sequence of variables, but I am still stuck when it comes to the actual equation.  Is there something akin to a summation sign that I could use in this situation?
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> Thanks,
> Larry Chavis
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