Sowell, Fallaw
(2006):
*The Empirical Saddlepoint Approximation for GMM Estimators.*

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## Abstract

The empirical saddlepoint distribution provides an approximation to the sampling distributions for the GMM parameter estimates and the statistics that test the overidentifying restrictions. The empirical saddlepoint distribution permits asymmetry, non-normal tails, and multiple modes. If identification assumptions are satisfied, the empirical saddlepoint distribution converges to the familiar asymptotic normal distribution. In small sample Monte Carlo simulations, the empirical saddlepoint performs as well as, and often better than, the bootstrap.

The formulas necessary to transform the GMM moment conditions to the estimation equations needed for the saddlepoint approximation are provided. Unlike the absolute errors associated with the asymptotic normal distributions and the bootstrap, the empirical saddlepoint has a relative error. The relative error leads to a more accurate approximation, particularly in the tails.

Item Type: | MPRA Paper |
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Institution: | Carnegie Mellon University |

Original Title: | The Empirical Saddlepoint Approximation for GMM Estimators |

Language: | English |

Keywords: | Generalized method of moments estimator; test of overidentifying restrictions; sampling distribution; empirical saddlepoint approximation; asymptotic distribution |

Subjects: | C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C5 - Econometric Modeling C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C12 - Hypothesis Testing: General C - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C13 - Estimation: General |

Item ID: | 3356 |

Depositing User: | Fallaw Sowell |

Date Deposited: | 30 May 2007 |

Last Modified: | 01 Oct 2019 06:04 |

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URI: | https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/id/eprint/3356 |