Cemmap Working Paper (CWP51/17)

Breaking the curse of dimensionality in conditional moment inequalities for discrete choice models

Date: 22 November 2017
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Publisher: The IFS
JEL classification: C14, C25

This paper studies inference of preference parameters in semiparametric discrete choice models when these parameters are not point-identifi ed and the identifi ed set is characterized by a class of conditional moment inequalities. Exploring the semiparametric modeling restrictions, we show that the identi fied set can be equivalently formulated by moment inequalities conditional on only two continuous indexing variables. Such formulation holds regardless of the covariate dimension, thereby breaking the curse of dimensionality for nonparametric inference based on the underlying conditional moment inequalities. We further apply this dimension reducing characterization approach to the monotone single index model and to a variety of semiparametric models under which the sign of conditional expectation of a certain transformation of the outcome is the same as that of the indexing variable.