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Inverse probability weighted M-estimators for sample selection, attrition and stratification

Authors: Jeffrey M. Wooldridge
Date: 01 August 2002
Type: Journal Article, Portuguese Economic Journal, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 117-139

Abstract

I provide an overview of inverse probability weighted (IPW) M-estimators for cross section and two-period panel data applications. Under an ignorability assumption, I show that population parameters are identified, and provide straightforward ?N-consistent and asymptotically normal estimation methods. I show that estimating a binary response selection model by conditional maximum likelihood leads to a more efficient estimator than using known probabilities, a result that unifies several disparate results in the literature. But IPW estimation is not a panacea: in some important cases of nonresponse, unweighted estimators will be consistent under weaker ignorability assumptions.

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Jeffrey M. Wooldridge March 2002, Inverse probability weighted M-estimators for sample selection, attrition and stratification, cemmap Working Paper, CWP11/02, IFS

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