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re:Re: st: Multiple endogenous regressors

From   Christopher Baum <>
To   "" <>
Subject   re:Re: st: Multiple endogenous regressors
Date   Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:02:33 -0400

Yuval said, in response to Elizabeth's numbered questions,

> (2) If I can't find sufficient instruments to run all 5 endogenous regressors at the same time, what potential problems might arise if I run each of the 5 endogenous regressors independently in 5 different 2SLS models?

Yuval: this is a very serious problem, which is known as "unidentified
equations" - in which case you get biased and inconsistent estimates.
For further details I suggest to look at the unidentified supply and
demand equations presented in Ramu Ramanathan. But anyway you have to
be sure that your model is correctly specified

Wrong.  If an equation is unidentified or underidentified, you don't get biased nor inconsistent estimates -- you get NO estimates. You cannot estimate such an equation by any means.

> (4) Again assuming that I can find adequate instruments, I want to run the overidentification test akin to Basmann's F test and Hansen's J test. Can I still use these same overidentification tests for multiple endogenous variables?

Yuval: See my answer below. I don't see any reason to run an
overidentification test.

Strongly disagree. If you have an overidentified equation you should ALWAYS perform the test of overidentifying restrictions to see if there is evidence against the maintained hypothesis that the instruments are uncorrelated with the error process. Use -estat overid- after ivregress. The test is built in to Baum-Schaffer-Stillman -ivreg2- on SSC. The latter program will also do the equivalent of the Hausman test referred to, with less hassle than -hausman-, with its -endog()- option. See the ivreg2 help file or the B-S-S papers mentioned by Cam, both of which are freely available.


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