Journal Of The Econometric Society

An International Society for the Advancement of Economic
Theory in its Relation to Statistics and Mathematics

Edited by: Guido W. Imbens • Print ISSN: 0012-9682 • Online ISSN: 1468-0262

Econometrica: Mar, 1978, Volume 46, Issue 2

Discrete Parameter Variation: Efficient Estimation of a Switching Regression Model<427:DPVEEO>2.0.CO;2-I
p. 427-434

Nicholas M. Kiefer

An efficient estimator for regressions in which the parameter vector can take any of several values is devised. It is shown that although the likelihood function is unbounded, the likelihood equations have a consistent root. An initial consistent estimator is provided. One Newton step provides efficient estimates. Applications to nonlinear models and contaminated normal models are suggested.

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