Local Sensitivity in the Inequality Restricted Linear Model

  • Huaizhen Qin
  • Alan T. K. Wan
  • Guohua Zou

Diagnostic testing has traditionally been an important aspect of statistical modeling, but in recent years, sensitivity analysis has also been drawing increasing attention from econometricians and statisticians. Essentially, a diagnostic test ascertains if the model coincides with the assumed data generating process, while sensitivity analysis investigates if it matters at all that the model deviates from what is being assumed. That is, sensitivity analysis answers the question of whether a wrong model is still useful for certain purposes, and if so, it matters little that the model may be incorrect. For example, Banerjee and Magnus (1999) pointed out that the ordinary least squares (OLS) estimator of the coefficients in a linear regression model is in fact not very sensitive to disturbances’ deviation from the white noise assumption. Consequently, it is quite usual to find the estimates of the parameters not changing much after fitting the model with a more general covariance structure. However, the F and t tests based on the OLS residuals are sensitive to covariance misspecification in the sense that a small stepping away from white noise disturbances is likely to cause a substantial distortion in the significance levels of the tests (Banerjee and Magnus (2000)).

The current paper continues this line of research. We are concerned with a linear regression with a possibly incorrect inequality restriction (as opposed to strict equality restrictions as in Wan, Zou and Qin (2007)) on the coefficients. In econometric applications inequality restrictions frequently arise on the parameters. Finite sample properties of the inequality constraint least squares (ICLS) estimator have been investigated by Thomson (1982), Judge and Yancey (1986), Wan (1994a), Wan (1994b), among others. Judge and Yancey (1986), Wan (1994a), Wan (1994b), Wan (1995) and Wan (1996) considered the properties of the so-called inequality pre-test (IPT) estimator which chooses between the inequality restricted and OLS estimators depending on the outcome of a one-sided t test. In this paper, we investigate the sensitivity of the ICLS and IPT estimators to deviations of the disturbances from the white noise assumption. In the spirit of Banerjee and Magnus (1999), we propose sensitivity measures on the ICLS and IPT estimators to covariance misspecification and investigate the properties of these measures allowing for both correctly and incorrectly specified constraints.

The rest of this paper is organized as follows. Section 2 gives some preliminary results and defines sensitivity statistics to measure the sensitivity of the ICLS and IPT coefficient and variance estimators to covariance misspecification. Section 3 emphasizes the case of AR(1) disturbances and derives results concerning the limiting behavior of the sensitivity statistics when the AR(1) parameter is near the unitroot. Section 4 presents numerical findings on the sensitivity of the estimators under a variety of AR(1) and MA(1) settings and Section 5 concludes. Proofs of theorems are contained in Appendix A.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Huaizhen Qin
    • 1
  • Alan T. K. Wan
    • 2
  • Guohua Zou
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Mathematical SciencesMichigan Technological UniversityHoughtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Management SciencesCity University of Hong KongKowloonHong Kong
  3. 3.Academy of Mathematics and Systems ScienceChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of Biostatistics and Computational BiologyUniversity of RochesterRochesterUSA

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