Cemmap Working Paper (CWP48/17)

Semiparametric estimation of structural functions in nonseparable triangular models

Date: 08 November 2017
Publisher: The IFS
DOI: 10.1920/wp.cem.2017.4817

This paper introduces two classes of semiparametric triangular systems with nonadditively separable unobserved heterogeneity. They are based on distribution and quantile regression modeling of the reduced-form conditional distributions of the endogenous variables. We show that these models are flexible and identify the average, distribution and quantile structural functions using a control function approach that does not require a large support condition. We propose a computationally attractive three-stage procedure to estimate the structural functions where the first two stages consist of quantile or distribution regressions. We provide asymptotic theory and uniform inference methods for each stage. In particular, we derive functional central limit theorems and bootstrap functional central limit theorems for the distribution regression estimators of the structural functions. We illustrate the implementation and applicability of our methods with numerical simulations and an empirical application to demand analysis.