Identification and nonparametric estimation of a transformed additively separable model

Let r (x, z) be a function that, along with its derivatives, can be consistently estimated nonparametrically. This paper discusses identification and consistent estimation of the unknown functions H, M, G and F, where r (x, z) = H [M (x, z)] and M (x, z) = G(x) + F (z). An estimation algorithm is proposed for each of the model’s unknown components when r (x, z) represents a conditional mean function. The resulting estimators use marginal integration, and are shown to have a limiting Normal distribution with a faster rate of convergence than unrestricted nonparametric alternatives. Their small sample performance is studied in a Monte Carlo experiment. We empirically apply our results to nonparametrically estimate and test generalized homothetic production functions in four industries within the Chinese economy.

en

application/pdf

http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/4416/1/Identification_and_Nonparametric_Estimation_of_a_Transformed_Additively_Separable_Model.pdf