Mahrad Sharifvaghefi from the University of Pittsburgh will present "Optimal Invariant Tests in an Instrumental Variables Regression With Heteroskedastic and Autocorrelated Errors" joint work with Marcelo J. Moreira and Geert Ridder
Abstract: This paper uses model symmetries in the instrumental variable (IV) regression to derive an invariant test for the causal structural parameter. Contrary to popular belief, we show that there exist model symmetries when equation errors are heteroskedastic and autocorrelated (HAC). Our theory is consistent with existing results for the homoskedastic model (Andrews, Moreira, and Stock (2006) and Chamberlain (2007)). We use these symmetries to propose the conditional integrated likelihood (CIL) test for the causality parameter in the over-identified model. Theoretical and numerical findings show that the CIL test performs well compared to other tests in terms of power and implementation.