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"On Some Heteroskedasticity-Robust Estimators of Variance-Covariance Matrix of the Least Squares Estimators"

Anil K. Bera, Totok Suprayitno, and Gamini Premaratne

 

First Author :

Anil K. Bera
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

abera@uiuc.edu

http://www.business.uiuc.edu/faculty/bera.html


Second Author :

Totok Suprayitno
Research Scientist
Ministry of Education, Indonesia


Third Author :

Gamini Premaratne
Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1206 S. Sixth Street, M/C 706
Champaign, IL 61820
USA

premarat@uiuc.edu

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Abstract :
 
Chesher and Jewitt (1987) demonstrated that the Eicker (1963) and White (1980) consistent estimator of the variance-covariance matrix in heteroskedastic models could be severely biased if the design matrix is highly unbalanced. In this paper we, therefore, reconsider Rao’s (1970) minimum norm quadratic unbiased estimator (MINQUE). We derive the analytical expressions for the mean squared errors (MSE) of the Eicker-White, one of MacKinnon and White’s (1985) and MINQUE estimators, and perform a numerical comparison. Our analysis shows that although MINQUE is unbiased by construction, it has very large variance particularly for the highly unbalanced design matrices. Since the variance is the dominant factor in our MSE computation, MINQUE is not the preferred estimator in terms of MSE comparison. We also studied the finite sample behavior of the confidence interval of regression coefficients in terms of coverage probabilities based on different variance-covariance matrix estimators. Our results indicate that although MINQUE generally has the largest MSE, it performs relatively well in terms of coverage probabilities.
 
 
Manuscript Received : 2000
Manuscript Published : 2000
 
 
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