Robust penalized quantile regression estimation for panel data

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This paper investigates a class of penalized quantile regression estimators for panel data. The penalty serves to shrink a vector of individual specific effects toward a common value. The degree of this shrinkage is controlled by a tuning parameter λ. It is shown that the class of estimators is asymptotically unbiased and Gaussian, when the individual effects are drawn from a class of zero-median distribution functions. The tuning parameter, λ, can thus be selected to minimize estimated asymptotic variance. Monte Carlo evidence reveals that the estimator can significantly reduce the variability of the fixed-effect version of the estimator without introducing bias.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)396-408
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Individual effects
  • Panel data
  • Quantile regression
  • Robust
  • Shrinkage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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