Working Paper

Estimating dynamic panel models: backing out the Nickell Bias


Jerry Hausman, Maxim L. Pinkovskiy

Published Date

30 November 2017


Working Paper (CWP53/17)

We propose a new estimator for the dynamic panel model, which solves the failure of strict exogeneity by calculating the bias in the first-order conditions as a function of the autoregressive parameter and solving the resulting equation. The estimator does well in a wide variety of situations where other estimators do not perform well: stationary initial condition, predetermined but not strictly exogenous regressors, and the presence of correlation between the error terms and the fixed effects. We also propose a general method for including predetermined variables infixed-effects panel regressions.