Econometrica: Nov 2011, Volume 79, Issue 6
Sharp Identification Regions in Models With Convex Moment Predictions
Arie Beresteanu, Ilya Molchanov, Francesca MolinariWe provide a tractable characterization of the sharp identification region of the parameter vector in a broad class of incomplete econometric models. Models in this class have set‐valued predictions that yield a convex set of conditional or unconditional moments for the observable model variables. In short, we call these . Examples include static, simultaneous‐move finite games of complete and incomplete information in the presence of multiple equilibria; best linear predictors with interval outcome and covariate data; and random utility models of multinomial choice in the presence of interval regressors data. Given a candidate value for , we establish that the convex set of moments yielded by the model predictions can be represented as the Aumann expectation of a properly defined random set. The sharp identification region of , denoted , can then be obtained as the set of minimizers of the distance from a properly specified vector of moments of random variables to this Aumann expectation. Algorithms in convex programming can be exploited to efficiently verify whether a candidate is in . We use examples analyzed in the literature to illustrate the gains in identification and computational tractability afforded by our method.
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