vcovCL | R Documentation |

Estimation of one-way and multi-way clustered covariance matrices using an object-oriented approach.

vcovCL(x, cluster = NULL, type = NULL, sandwich = TRUE, fix = FALSE, ...) meatCL(x, cluster = NULL, type = NULL, cadjust = TRUE, multi0 = FALSE, ...)

`x` |
a fitted model object. |

`cluster` |
a variable indicating the clustering of observations,
a |

`type` |
a character string specifying the estimation type (HC0–HC3).
The default is to use |

`sandwich` |
logical. Should the sandwich estimator be computed?
If set to |

`fix` |
logical. Should the covariance matrix be fixed to be positive semi-definite in case it is not? |

`cadjust` |
logical. Should a cluster adjustment be applied? |

`multi0` |
logical. Should the HC0 estimate be used for the final adjustment in multi-way clustered covariances? |

`...` |
arguments passed to |

Clustered sandwich estimators are used to adjust inference when errors
are correlated within (but not between) clusters. `vcovCL`

allows
for clustering in arbitrary many cluster dimensions (e.g., firm, time, industry), given all
dimensions have enough clusters (for more details, see Cameron et al. 2011).
If each observation is its own cluster, the clustered sandwich
collapses to the basic sandwich covariance.

The function `meatCL`

is the work horse for estimating
the meat of clustered sandwich estimators. `vcovCL`

is a wrapper calling
`sandwich`

and `bread`

(Zeileis 2006).
`vcovCL`

is applicable beyond `lm`

or `glm`

class objects.

`bread`

and `meat`

matrices are multiplied to
construct clustered sandwich estimators.
The meat of a clustered sandwich estimator is the cross product of
the clusterwise summed estimating functions. Instead of summing over
all individuals, first sum over cluster.

A two-way clustered sandwich estimator *M* (e.g., for cluster dimensions
"firm" and "industry" or "id" and "time") is a linear combination of
one-way clustered sandwich estimators for both dimensions
(*M_{id}, M_{time}*) minus the
clustered sandwich estimator, with clusters formed out of the
intersection of both dimensions (*M_{id \cap time}*):

*M = M_{id} + M_{time} - M_{id \cap time}*

.
Additionally, each of the three terms can be weighted by the corresponding
cluster bias adjustment factor (see below and Equation 20 in Zeileis et al. 2020).
Instead of subtracting *M_{id \cap time}* as the last
subtracted matrix, Ma (2014) suggests to subtract the basic HC0
covariance matrix when only a single observation is in each
intersection of *id* and *time*.
Set `multi0 = TRUE`

to subtract the basic HC0 covariance matrix as
the last subtracted matrix in multi-way clustering. For details,
see also Petersen (2009) and Thompson (2011).

With the `type`

argument, HC0 to HC3 types of
bias adjustment can be employed, following the terminology used by
MacKinnon and White (1985) for heteroscedasticity corrections. HC0 applies no small sample bias adjustment.
HC1 applies a degrees of freedom-based correction, *(n-1)/(n-k)* where *n* is the
number of observations and *k* is the number of explanatory or predictor variables in the model.
HC1 is the most commonly used approach for linear models, and HC0 otherwise. Hence these
are the defaults in `vcovCL`

. However, HC0 and HC1 are less effective
than HC2 and HC3 when the number of clusters is relatively small (Cameron et al. 2008).
HC2 and HC3 types of bias adjustment are geared towards the linear
model, but they are also applicable for GLMs (see Bell and McCaffrey
2002, and Kauermann and Carroll 2001, for details).
A precondition for HC2 and HC3 types of bias adjustment is the availability
of a hat matrix (or a weighted version therof for GLMs) and hence
these two types are currently only implemented for `lm`

and `glm`

objects.

An alternative to the clustered HC3 estimator is the clustered jackknife estimator
which is available in `vcovBS`

with `type = "jackknife"`

. In linear
models the HC3 and the jackknife estimator coincide (MacKinnon et al. 2022) with the
latter still being computationally feasible if the number of observations per cluster
is large. In nonlinear models (including non-Gaussian GLMs) the jackknife and the HC3
estimator do not coincide but the jackknife might still be a useful alternative when
the HC3 cannot be computed.

The `cadjust`

argument allows to
switch the cluster bias adjustment factor *G/(G-1)* on and
off (where *G* is the number of clusters in a cluster dimension *g*)
See Cameron et al. (2008) and Cameron et al. (2011) for more details about
small-sample modifications.

The `cluster`

specification can be made in a number of ways: The `cluster`

can be a single variable or a `list`

/`data.frame`

of multiple
clustering variables. If `expand.model.frame`

works
for the model object `x`

, the `cluster`

can also be a `formula`

.
By default (`cluster = NULL`

), `attr(x, "cluster")`

is checked and
used if available. If not, every observation is assumed to be its own cluster.
If the number of observations in the model `x`

is smaller than in the
original `data`

due to `NA`

processing, then the same `NA`

processing
can be applied to `cluster`

if necessary (and `x$na.action`

being
available).

Cameron et al. (2011) observe that sometimes the covariance matrix is
not positive-semidefinite and recommend to employ the eigendecomposition of the estimated
covariance matrix, setting any negative eigenvalue(s) to zero. This fix
is applied, if necessary, when `fix = TRUE`

is specified.

A matrix containing the covariance matrix estimate.

Bell RM, McCaffrey DF (2002).
“Bias Reduction in Standard Errors for Linear Regression with Multi-Stage Samples”,
*Survey Methodology*, **28**(2), 169–181.

Cameron AC, Gelbach JB, Miller DL (2008).
“Bootstrap-Based Improvements for Inference with Clustered Errors”,
*The Review of Economics and Statistics*, **90**(3),
414–427.
doi: 10.3386/t0344

Cameron AC, Gelbach JB, Miller DL (2011).
“Robust Inference with Multiway Clustering”,
*Journal of Business & Ecomomic Statistics*, **29**(2),
238–249.
doi: 10.1198/jbes.2010.07136

Kauermann G, Carroll RJ (2001).
“A Note on the Efficiency of Sandwich Covariance Matrix
Estimation”,
*Journal of the American Statistical Association*,
**96**(456), 1387–1396.
doi: 10.1198/016214501753382309

Ma MS (2014).
“Are We Really Doing What We Think We Are Doing? A Note on
Finite-Sample Estimates of Two-Way Cluster-Robust Standard Errors”,
*Mimeo, Availlable at SSRN:*
URL https://www.ssrn.com/abstract=2420421.

MacKinnon JG, Nielsen MØ, Webb MD (2022).
“Cluster-Robust Inference: A Guide to Empirical Practice”,
*Journal of Econometrics*, Forthcoming.
doi: 10.1016/j.jeconom.2022.04.001

MacKinnon JG, White H (1985).
“Some Heteroskedasticity-Consistent Covariance Matrix Estimators with Improved Finite Sample Properties”
*Journal of Econometrics*, **29**(3), 305–325.
doi: 10.1016/0304-4076(85)90158-7

Petersen MA (2009).
“Estimating Standard Errors in Finance Panel Data Sets: Comparing Approaches”,
*The Review of Financial Studies*, **22**(1), 435–480.
doi: 10.1093/rfs/hhn053

Thompson SB (2011).
“Simple Formulas for Standard Errors That Cluster by Both Firm
and Time”,
*Journal of Financial Economics*, **99**(1), 1–10.
doi: 10.1016/j.jfineco.2010.08.016

Zeileis A (2004).
“Econometric Computing with HC and HAC Covariance Matrix Estimator”,
*Journal of Statistical Software*, **11**(10), 1–17.
doi: 10.18637/jss.v011.i10

Zeileis A (2006).
“Object-Oriented Computation of Sandwich Estimators”,
*Journal of Statistical Software*, **16**(9), 1–16.
doi: 10.18637/jss.v016.i09

Zeileis A, Köll S, Graham N (2020).
“Various Versatile Variances: An Object-Oriented Implementation of Clustered Covariances in R.”
*Journal of Statistical Software*, **95**(1), 1–36.
doi: 10.18637/jss.v095.i01

`vcovHC`

, `vcovBS`

## Petersen's data data("PetersenCL", package = "sandwich") m <- lm(y ~ x, data = PetersenCL) ## clustered covariances ## one-way vcovCL(m, cluster = ~ firm) vcovCL(m, cluster = PetersenCL$firm) ## same ## one-way with HC2 vcovCL(m, cluster = ~ firm, type = "HC2") ## two-way vcovCL(m, cluster = ~ firm + year) vcovCL(m, cluster = PetersenCL[, c("firm", "year")]) ## same ## comparison with cross-section sandwiches ## HC0 all.equal(sandwich(m), vcovCL(m, type = "HC0", cadjust = FALSE)) ## HC2 all.equal(vcovHC(m, type = "HC2"), vcovCL(m, type = "HC2")) ## HC3 all.equal(vcovHC(m, type = "HC3"), vcovCL(m, type = "HC3")) ## Innovation data data("InstInnovation", package = "sandwich") ## replication of one-way clustered standard errors for model 3, Table I ## and model 1, Table II in Berger et al. (2017), see ?InstInnovation ## count regression formula f1 <- cites ~ institutions + log(capital/employment) + log(sales) + industry + year ## model 3, Table I: Poisson model ## one-way clustered standard errors tab_I_3_pois <- glm(f1, data = InstInnovation, family = poisson) vcov_pois <- vcovCL(tab_I_3_pois, InstInnovation$company) sqrt(diag(vcov_pois))[2:4] ## coefficient tables if(require("lmtest")) { coeftest(tab_I_3_pois, vcov = vcov_pois)[2:4, ] } ## Not run: ## model 1, Table II: negative binomial hurdle model ## (requires "pscl" or alternatively "countreg" from R-Forge) library("pscl") library("lmtest") tab_II_3_hurdle <- hurdle(f1, data = InstInnovation, dist = "negbin") # dist = "negbin", zero.dist = "negbin", separate = FALSE) vcov_hurdle <- vcovCL(tab_II_3_hurdle, InstInnovation$company) sqrt(diag(vcov_hurdle))[c(2:4, 149:151)] coeftest(tab_II_3_hurdle, vcov = vcov_hurdle)[c(2:4, 149:151), ] ## End(Not run)

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