A monotonic property for iterative GLS in the two-way random effects model

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This paper shows that maximum likelihood estimation for the two-way random effects model can be obtained as an iterated GLS procedure based on two subsets of the parameters: The first subset contains the regression coefficients β, and the second subset contains two variance components ratios, θ1 and θ2. Fixing θi (i=1, 2) and iterating between β and θj (j=1, 2 and j≠i), the sequence of θj's generated by this algorithm form a monotonic sequence. This result is an extension of Breusch's (1987) 'remarkable property' for iterative GLS from the one-way to the two-way model. Since the θi's are both between zero and one, a search over θi while iterating on the other θj and β will guard against the possibility of multiple local maxima of the likelihood function. However, such a search procedure can be relatively costly. This paper suggests an alternative computationally more efficient algorithm which makes use of Deaton's (1975) ridge-walking algorithm and Breusch's (1987) monotonic property. The proposed algorithm is shown to converge rapidly for the investment equation considered by Grunfeld (1958).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)45-51
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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