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TABRI Rami “Inference for Moment Inequalities: A Constrained Moment Selection Procedure”
January 29, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Time: 12:30pm –13:30 pm
Date:29th of January 2020
Place: Room 3001
TABRI Rami ” Inference for Moment Inequalities: A Constrained Moment Selection Procedure”
Abstract : Inference in models where the parameter is defined by moment inequalities is of interest in many areas of economics. This paper develops a new method for improving the performance of generalized moment selection (GMS) testing procedures in finite-samples. The method modifies GMS tests by tilting the empirical distribution in its moment selection step by an amount that maximizes the empirical likelihood subject to the restrictions of the null hypothesis. We characterize sets of population distributions on which a modified GMS test is (i) asymptotically equivalent to its non-modified version to first-order, and (ii) superior to its non-modified version according to local power when the sample size is large enough. An important feature of the proposed modification is that it remains computationally feasible even when the number of moment inequalities is large. We report simulation results that show the modified tests control size well, and have markedly improved local power over their non-modified counterparts.