This paper analyzes the classical linear regression model with measurement errors in all the variables. First, we provide necessary and sufficient conditions for identification of the coefficients. We show that the coefficients are not identified if and only if an independent normally distributed linear combination of regressors can be transferred from the regressors to the errors. Second, we introduce a new estimator for the coefficients using a continuum of moments that are based on second derivatives of the log characteristic function of the observables. In Monte Carlo simulations, the estimator performs well and is robust to the amount of measurement error and number of mismeasured regressors. In an application to firm investment decisions, the estimates are similar to those produced by a generalized method of moments estimator based on third to fifth moments.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Economics and Econometrics