Limited Dependent Variable Correlated Random Coefficient Panel Data Models



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In this dissertation, I consider linear, binary response correlated random coefficient (CRC) panel data models and a truncated CRC panel data model which are frequently used in economic analysis. I focus on the nonparametric identification and estimation of panel data models under unobserved heterogeneity which is captured by random coefficients and when these random coefficients are correlated with regressors.

For the analysis of linear CRC models, I give the identification conditions for the average slopes of a linear CRC model with a general nonparametric correlation between regressors and random coefficients. I construct a sqrt(n) consistent estimator for the average slopes via varying coefficient regression.

The identification of binary response panel data models with unobserved heterogeneity is difficult. I base identification conditions and estimation on the framework of the model with a special regressor, which is a major approach proposed by Lewbel (1998, 2000) to solve the heterogeneity and endogeneity problem in the binary response models. With the help of the additional information on the special regressor, I can transfer a binary response CRC model to a linear moment relation. I also construct a semiparametric estimator for the average slopes and derive the sqrt(n)-normality result.

For the truncated CRC panel data model, I obtain the identification and estimation results based on the special regressor method which is used in Khan and Lewbel (2007). I construct a sqrt(n) consistent estimator for the population mean of the random coefficient. I also derive the asymptotic distribution of my estimator.

Simulations are given to show the finite sample advantage of my estimators. Further, I use a linear CRC panel data model to reexamine the return from job training. The results show that my estimation method really makes a difference, and the estimated return of training by my method is 7 times as much as the one estimated without considering the correlation between the covariates and random coefficients. It shows that on average the rate of return of job training is 3.16% per 60 hours training.