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Testing exogeneity in nonparametric instrumental variables identified by conditional quantile restrictions

Authors: Jia-Young Michael Fu , Joel L. Horowitz and Matthias Parey
Date: 21 October 2015
Type: cemmap Working Paper, CWP68/15
DOI: 10.1920/wp.cem.2015.6815


This paper presents a test for exogeneity of explanatory variables in a nonparametric instrumental variables (IV) model whose structural function is identified through a conditional quantile restriction. Quantile regression models are increasingly important in applied econometrics.  As with mean-regression models, an erroneous assumption that the explanatory variables in a quantile regression model are exogenous can lead to highly misleading results.  In addition, a test of exogeneity based on an incorrectly specified parametric model can produce misleading results.  This paper presents a test of exogeneity that does not assume the structural function belongs to a known finite-dimensional parametric family and does not require nonparametric estimation of this function.  The latter property is important because, owing to the ill-posed inverse problem, a test based on a nonparametric estimator of the structural function has low power.  The test presented here is consistent whenever the structural function differs from the conditional quantile function on a set of non-zero probability.  The test has non-trivial power uniformly over a large class of structural functions that differ from the conditional quantile function by O(n−1/2) .  The results of Monte Carlo experiments illustrate the usefulness of the test.

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