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Exact and higher-order properties of the MLE in spatial autoregressive models, with applications to inference.

Hillier, G and Martellosio, Federico (2018) Exact and higher-order properties of the MLE in spatial autoregressive models, with applications to inference. Journal of Econometrics, 205 (2). pp. 402-422.

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The quasi-maximum likelihood estimator for the autoregressive parameter in a spatial autoregression usually cannot be written explicitly in terms of the data. A rigorous analysis of the first-order asymptotic properties of the estimator, under some assumptions on the evolution of the spatial design matrix, is available in Lee (2004), but very little is known about its exact or higher-order properties. In this paper we first show that the exact cumulative distribution function of the estimator can, under mild assumptions, be written in terms of that of a particular quadratic form. Simple examples are used to illustrate important exact properties of the estimator that follow from this representation. In general models a complete exact analysis is not possible, but a higher-order (saddlepoint) approximation is made available by the main result. We use this approximation to construct confidence intervals for the autoregressive parameter. Coverage properties of the proposed confidence intervals are studied by Monte Carlo simulation, and are found to be excellent in a variety of circumstances

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Economics
Authors :
Hillier, G
Date : 16 April 2018
DOI : 10.1016/j.jeconom.2018.01.008
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Uncontrolled Keywords : spatial autoregression, maximum likelihood estimation, group interaction, social networks, complete bipartite graph, saddlepoint
Depositing User : Users 8 not found.
Date Deposited : 22 Jan 2018 10:49
Last Modified : 16 Apr 2020 02:08

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