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Specification Tests with Weak and Invalid Instruments

Doko Tchatoka, Firmin Sabro (2012): Specification Tests with Weak and Invalid Instruments.

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Abstract

We investigate the size of the Durbin-Wu-Hausman tests for exogeneity when instrumental variables violate the strict exogeneity assumption. We show that these tests are severely size distorted even for a small correlation between the structural error and instruments. We then propose a bootstrap procedure for correcting their size. The proposed bootstrap procedure does not require identification assumptions and is also valid even for moderate correlations between the structural error and instruments, so it can be described as robust to both weak and invalid instruments.

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