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A Shrinkage Instrumental Variable Estimator for Large Datasets

Number: 558
Year: 2015
Author(s): A. Carriero, G. Kapetanios, and M. Marcellino
This paper proposes and discusses an instrumental variable estimator that can be of particular relevance when many instruments are available and/or the number of instruments is large relative to the total number of observations. Intuition and recent work (see, e.g., Hahn (2002)) suggest that parsimonious devices used in the construction of the final instruments may provide eective estimation strategies. Shrinkage is a well known approach that promotes parsimony. We consider a new shrinkage 2SLS estimator. We derive a consistency result for this estimator under general conditions, and via Monte Carlo simulation show that this estimator has good potential for inference in small samples.

Keywords: Instrumental Variable Estimation, 2SLS, Shrinkage, Bayesian Regression J