Gaussian processes and Bayesian moment estimation

Jean-Pierre Florens, and Anna Simoni


When a large number of moment restrictions is available there may be restrictions that are more important or credible than others. In these situations it might be desirable to weight each restriction based on our beliefs. This is automatically implemented by a Bayesian procedure. We develop, in this paper, a Bayesian approach to moment estimation and study how to im- pose moment restrictions on the data distribution through a semiparametric prior distribution for the data generating process F and the structural parameter O. We show that a Gaussian process prior for the density function associated with F is particularly convenient in order to impose over-identifying restrictions and allows to have a posterior distribution in closed-form. The posterior distribution resulting from our prior specification is shown to be consistent and asymptotically normal.


Jean-Pierre Florens, and Anna Simoni, Gaussian processes and Bayesian moment estimation, September 14, 2012.

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September 14, 2012