Some properties of tests for possibly unidentified parameters
ForchiniGiovanni
2017
It is well known that confidence intervals for weakly identified parameters are unbounded with positive probability (e.g. Dufour, Econometrica 65, pp. 1365-1387 and Staiger and Stock, Econometrica 65, pp. 557-586), and that the asymptotic risk of their estimators is unbounded (Pötscher, Econometrica 70, pp.1035-1065). In this note we extend these “impossibility results” and show that uniformly consistent tests for weakly identified parameters do not exist. We also show that all similar tests of size 1/2α< concerning possibly unidentified parameters have type II error probability that can be as large as 1α−.