Title

Three essays on econometrics

Date of Completion

January 2007

Keywords

Economics, Theory

Degree

Ph.D.

Abstract

The first chapter of this dissertation introduces the generalized minimum contrast estimator (GMC) with nonsmooth moment functions, which includes Empirical Likelihood, Exponential Tilting and Continuous Updating GMM as special cases. Based on empirical process theory, this chapter studies the asymptotic properties of GMC under mild conditions. A χ2 test based on GMC is discussed. In addition, the duality between the GMC and the Generalized Empirical Likelihood Estimator (GEL) is interpreted from both a computational perspective and geometric perspective. ^ The second chapter investigates a Bayesian approach to calculating the GMC. By up-dating the concerned parameters and nuisance parameters alternatively, this approach can converge quickly and can be implemented easily. Through various simulation experiments, this approach is applied to a model with nonsmooth moment functions. Its performance is compared to existing methods based on both just-identified conditions and over-identified conditions. ^ The third chapter employs a partial linear model (PL) and geographically weighted regression (GWR) to estimate housing prices. These two semiparametric models provide flexible consideration of spatial heterogeneity and spatial correlation. Their performance is compared through various simulation experiments. The general conditions under which GWR may dominate PL are given. An empirical study of the housing market in Connecticut is also implemented. ^