Journal Article

Entropic Latent Variable Integration via Simulation


Susanne M. Schennach

Published Date

1 January 2014


Journal Article

This paper introduces a general method to convert a model defined by moment conditions that involve both observed and unobserved variables into equivalent moment conditions that involve only observable variables. This task can be accomplished without introducing infinite-dimensional nuisance parameters using a least favorable entropy-maximizing distribution. We demonstrate, through examples and simulations, that this approach covers a wide class of latent variables models, including some game-theoretic models and models with limited dependent variables, interval-valued data, errors-in-variables, or combinations thereof. Both point- and set-identified models are transparently covered. In the latter case, the method also complements the recent literature on generic set-inference methods by providing the moment conditions needed to construct a generalized method of moments-type objective function for a wide class of models. Extensions of the method that cover conditional moments, independence restrictions, and some state-space models are also given.

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