“Nonparametric Sample Splitting” by Dr. Yulong Wang
Dr. Yulong Wang
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
This article develops a threshold regression model, where the threshold is determined by an unknown relation between two variables. The threshold function is estimated fully nonparametrically. Furthermore, the observations are allowed to be cross-sectionally dependent and hence the model can be applied to determine an unknown spatial border for sample splitting over a random field. Empirical relevance is illustrated by estimating an economic border induced by the housing price difference between Queens and Brooklyn in New York City, where the economic border deviates substantially from the administrative one.