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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 15 No. 4 (Fall 2001)

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Mismeasured Variables in Econometric Analysis: Problems from the Right and Problems from the Left

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Hausman, Jerry. 2001. "Mismeasured Variables in Econometric Analysis: Problems from the Right and Problems from the Left." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 15(4): 57-67.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.15.4.57

Abstract

The effect of mismeasured variables in the most straightforward regression analysis with a single regressor variable leads to a least squares estimate that is downward biased in magnitude toward zero. I begin by reviewing classical issues involving mismeasured variables. I then consider three recent developments for mismeasurement econometric models. The first issue involves difficulties in using instrumental variables. A second involves the consistent estimators that have recently been developed for mismeasured nonlinear regression models. Finally, I return to mismeasured left hand side variables, where I will focus on issues in binary choice models and duration models.

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Hausman, Jerry (MIT)

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C30: Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models: General

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