Conferences at Department of Economics, University of Toronto, RCEF 2012: Cities, Open Economies, and Public Policy

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Bayesian regression with nonparametric heteroskedasticity

Andriy Norets

Last modified: 2012-07-10


This paper presents a large sample justification for a semiparametric Bayesian approach to inference in a linear regression model. The approach is to model the distribution of the error term by a normal distribution with the variance that is a flexible function of covariates. It is shown that even when the data generating distribution of the error term is not normal the posterior distribution of the linear coefficients converges to a normal distribution with the mean equal to the asymptotically efficient estimator and the variance given by the semiparametric efficiency bound. This implies that the estimation procedure is robust and conservative from the Bayesian standpoint and at the same time it can be used as an implementation of semiparametrically efficient frequentist inference.

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