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Compute Jackknife Coefficient Estimates in SAS

In certain scenarios, we want to estimate a model's parameters on the sample for each observation with itself excluded. This can be achieved by estimating the model repeatedly on the leave-one-out samples but is very inefficient. If we estimate the model on the full sample, however, the coefficient estimates will certainly be biased. Thankfully, we have the Jackknife method to correct for the bias, which produces the Jackknifed coefficient estimates for each observation.

Variable Definition

Let's start with some variable definitions to help with the explanation.

Variable Definition
b(i) the parameter estimates after deleting the ith observation
s^2(i) the variance estimate after deleting the ith observation
X(i) the X matrix without the ith observation
\hat{y}(i) the ith value predicted without using the ith observation
r_i = y_i - \hat{y}_i the ith residual
h_i = x_i(X'X)^{-1}x_i' the ith diagonal of the projection matrix for the predictor space, also called the hat matrix
RStudent =\frac{r_i}{s(i) \sqrt{1-h_i}} studentized residual
(X'X)_{jj} the (j,j)th element of (X'X)^{-1}
DFBeta_j = \frac{b_{j} - b_{(i)j}}{s(i)\sqrt{(X'X)_{jj}}} the scaled measures of the change in the jth parameter estimate calculated by deleting the ith observation

Objective

Compute the coefficient estiamtes with the ith observation excluded from the sample, i.e. b(i), or the Jackknifed coefficient estimate.

Formula

From the table above, we can get that the jth Jackknifed coefficient estimate b_{(i)j} without using the ith observation is:

b_{(i)j} = b_j - DFBeta_j \times s(i) \sqrt{(X'X)_{jj}}

Hence,

b_{(i)j} = b_j - DFBeta_j \times \frac{r_i}{RStudent\times \sqrt{1-h_i}} \sqrt{(X'X)_{jj}}

The good thing is that PROC REG produces the coefficient estimate b_j for j=1,2,...K, where K is the number of coefficients, and the INFLUENCE and I options produce the remaining statistics just enough to compute b(i):

Variable Option in PROC REG or MODEL statement Name in the output dataset
b_j Outest= option in PROC REG <jthVariable>
r_i OutputStatistics= from INFLUENCE option in MODEL statement Residual
RStudent OutputStatistics= from INFLUENCE option in MODEL statement RStudent
h_i OutputStatistics= from INFLUENCE option in MODEL statement HatDiagnol
DFBeta_j OutputStatistics= from INFLUENCE option in MODEL statement DFB_<jthVariable>
(X'X)_{jj} InvXPX= from I option in MODEL statement <jthVariable>

Example

Discretionary accruals

Suppose we want to calculate the firm-level discretionary accruals for each year using the Jones (1991) model and Kothari et al (2005) model. For a firm i, we need to first estimate the model for the industry-year excluding firm i, then use the coefficient estimates to generate predicted accruals for firm i. The firm's discretionary accruals is the actual accruals minus the predicted accruals.

Below is an example PROC REG that produces three datasets named work.params, work.outstats and work.xpxinv, which contain sufficient statistics to compute the Jackknifed estimates and thus the predicted accruals.

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ods listing close; 
proc reg data=work.funda edf outest=work.params;
  /* industry-year regression */
  by fyear sic2;
  /* id is necessary for later matching Jackknifed coefficients to firm-year */
  id key;
  /* Jones Model */
  Jones: model tac = inv_at_l drev ppe / noint influence i;
  /* Kothari Model with ROA */
  Kothari: model tac = inv_at_l drevadj ppe roa / noint influence i;
  ods output OutputStatistics=work.outstats InvXPX=work.xpxinv;
run;
ods listing;

Full SAS program for estimating 5 different measures of discretionary accruals:

SAS code for computing discretionary accruals
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/* Use Jackknife method to compute discretionary accruals */
/* see https://mingze-gao.com/posts/compute-jackknife-coefficient-estimates-in-sas/ */

/* UseHribarCollinsTotalAccruals:
  - true:  use Hribar-Collins Cashflow Total Accruals 
  - false: use normal method */
%let UseHribarCollinsTotalAccruals = false;

/* Include %array and %do_over */
filename do_over url "https://mingze-gao.com/utils/do_over.sas";
filename array url "https://mingze-gao.com/utils/array.sas";
%include do_over array;

/* Winsorize macro */
filename winsor url "https://mingze-gao.com/utils/winsor.sas";
%include winsor;

/*
  Earnings management models

  Author: Mingze (Adrian) Gao, Feb 2019
  Modified based on the work by Joost Impink, March 2016

  Models estimated (Note that the intercept a0 is removed in the modified code below):
  - Jones model,    tac = a0 + a1 1/TAt-1 + a2chSales + a3PPE + a4ROA + error.
    - variable names DA_Jones  
  - Modified Jones model, as Jones model, but using chSales - chREC to compute fitted values.
    - variable names DA_mJones  
  - Kothari 2005, controlling for ROA, tac = a0 + a1 1/TAt-1 + a2(chSales - chREC) + a3PPE + a4ROA + error.
    - variable names DA_Kothari   
  - Kothari 2005, performance matched, Jones model, difference in discretionary accruals between firm and closest firm in terms of (contemporaneous) roa
    - variable names DA_pmKothari_Jones
  - Kothari 2005, performance matched, modified Jones model, difference in discretionary accruals between firm and closest firm in terms of (contemporaneous) roa
    - variable names DA_pmKothari_mJones

  tac:      Total accruals, computed as net profit after tax before extraordinary items less cash flows from operations 
  1/TAt-1:  Inverse of beginning of year total assets
  chSales:  Change in net sales revenue
  chREC:        Change in net receivables
  PPE:      Gross property, plant, and equipment
  ROA:      Return on assets. 
  Variables used Compustat Funda
  AT:       Total assets
  IB:   Income Before Extraordinary Items
  IBC:  Income Before Extraordinary Items (Cash Flow) (used if IB is missing)
  OANCF:    Operating Activities - Net Cash Flow
  PPEGT:    Property, Plant and Equipment - Total (Gross)
  RECT:     Receivables - Total
  SALE: Sales
  INVT: Inventories - Total
  LCO:  Current Liabilities Other Total
  DP:       Depreciation and Amortization
  ACO:  Current Assets Other Total
  AP:       Accounts Payable - Trade
*/

/* Get Funda variables */
%let fundaVars = at ib ibc oancf ppegt rect sale xidoc lco dp aco invt ap;

data work.a_funda(keep=key gvkey fyear datadate sich &fundaVars);
  set comp.funda;
  if 1980 <= fyear <= 2018;
  /* Generic filter */
  if indfmt='INDL' and datafmt='STD' and popsrc='D' and consol='C';
  /* Firm-year identifier */
  key = gvkey || fyear;
  /* Keep if sale > 0, at > 0 */
  if sale > 0 and at > 0;
  /* Use Income Before Extraordinary Items (Cash Flow) if ib is missing */
  if ib =. then ib=ibc;
run;

/* Lagged values for: at sale rect invt aco ap lco */
%let lagVars = at sale rect invt aco ap lco;

/* Self join to get lagged values at_l, sale_l, rect_l */
proc sql;
  create table work.b_funda as select a.*, %do_over(values=&lagVars, between=comma, phrase=b.? as ?_l)
  from work.a_funda a, work.a_funda b
  where a.gvkey = b.gvkey and a.fyear-1 = b.fyear;
quit;

/* Construct additional variables */
data work.b_funda(compress=yes);
  set work.b_funda;
  /* 2-digit SIC  */
  sic2 = int(sich/100);
  /* variables */
  if "&UseHribarCollinsTotalAccruals." eq "false" then
    tac     = ((rect-rect_l)+(invt-invt_l)+(aco-aco_l)-(ap-ap_l)-(lco-lco_l)-dp)/at_l; /* Accruals ratio */
  else
    tac     = (ibc - oancf + xidoc)/at_l;  /* Hribar Collins total cash flow accruals */
  inv_at_l      = 1 / at_l;
  drev          = (sale - sale_l) / at_l;
  drevadj       = (sale - sale_l)/at_l - (rect - rect_l)/at_l;
  ppe           = ppegt / at_l;
  roa       = ib / at_l;
  /* these variables may not be missing (cmiss counts missing variables)*/
  *if cmiss  (of tac inv_at_l drevadj ppe roa) eq 0;
run;

/* Optional winsorization before industry-year regression */
%let winsVars = tac inv_at_l drev drevadj ppe roa  ; 
%winsor(dsetin=work.b_funda, dsetout=work.b_funda_wins, byvar=fyear, vars=&winsVars, type=winsor, pctl=1 99);

/* Regression by industry-year 
edf(error degrees of freedom) + #params will equal the number of obs (no need for proc univariate to count) */
proc sort data=work.b_funda_wins; by fyear sic2; run;
/* regressors */
%array(vars, values=inv_at_l drev ppe drevadj roa);
ods listing close;
proc reg data=work.b_funda_wins edf outest=work.c_parms;
  by fyear sic2;
  id key;
  /* Jones Model */
  Jones:        model tac = inv_at_l drev ppe / noint influence i;  
  /* Kothari with ROA in model */ 
  Kothari:  model tac = inv_at_l drevadj ppe roa / noint influence i;
  ods output OutputStatistics=work.outstats InvXPX=work.xpxinv;
run;
ods listing;

/* Compute discretionary accrual measures */
proc sql;
  /* Compute firm-year Jackknifed coefficient estimates */
  create table work.xpxinv2 as
  /* Extract the diagnol elements of the symmetric inv(X'X) for each firm-year */
    select fyear, sic2, model,
      %do_over(vars, phrase=sum(case when variable="?" then xpxinv else . end) as ?, between=comma)
    from (select fyear, sic2, model, variable,
        case %do_over(vars, phrase=when variable="?" then ?) else . end as xpxinv
      from work.xpxinv where variable ~= 'tac')
    group by fyear, sic2, model
    order by fyear, sic2, model;
  /* The difference between original coefficient estimates and the Jackknifed estimates */
  create table work.bias as
    select a.fyear, a.sic2, a.model, a.key,
      %do_over(vars, phrase=a.DFB_?*(a.Residual/(a.RStudent*sqrt(1-a.HatDiagonal)))*sqrt(b.?) as bias_?, between=comma)
    from work.outstats as a left join work.xpxinv2 as b
    on a.fyear=b.fyear and a.sic2=b.sic2 and a.model=b.model
    order by a.fyear, a.sic2, a.model, a.key;
  /* Compute Jackknifed coefficient estimates by subtracting the bias from the original estimates */
  create table work.Jackknifed_params as
    select a.fyear, a.sic2, a.model, a.key, %do_over(vars, phrase=b.? - a.bias_? as ?, between=comma), b._EDF_
    from work.bias as a left join work.c_parms as b
    on a.fyear=b.fyear and a.sic2=b.sic2 and a.model=b._MODEL_
    order by a.fyear, a.sic2, a.model, a.key;
  /* Compute discretionary accruals */
  create table work.tmp as
    select distinct a.fyear, a.sic2, a.gvkey, a.key,
      /* Jones model at a minimum 8 obs (5 degrees of freedom + 3 params) */
      sum(case when b.model eq 'Jones' and b._EDF_ ge 5 then
        a.tac - (%do_over(values=inv_at_l drev ppe, between=%str(+), phrase=a.? * b.?)) else . end) as DA_Jones,
      /* Modified Jones model: drev is used in first model, but drevadj is used to compute fitted value */
      sum(case when b.model eq 'Jones' and b._EDF_ ge 5 then
        a.tac - (a.drevadj * b.drev + %do_over(values=inv_at_l ppe, between=%str(+), phrase=a.? * b.?)) else . end) as DA_mJones,
      /* Kothari model (with ROA in regression) at a minimum 8 obs (4 degrees of freedom + 4 params) */
      sum(case when b.model eq 'Kothari' and b._EDF_ ge 4 then
        a.tac - (%do_over(values=inv_at_l drevadj ppe roa, between=%str(+), phrase=a.? * b.?)) else . end) as DA_Kothari
    from work.b_funda_wins as a left join work.Jackknifed_params as b
    on a.key=b.key
    group by a.key
    order by a.gvkey, a.fyear;
  /* Kothari performance matching: get DA_Jones (DA_mJones) accruals for the matched firm closest in ROA */
  create table work.da_roa as select a.*, b.roa from work.tmp as a left join work.b_funda_wins as b on a.key=b.key;
  create table work.da_all as
    select a.*,
      /* gvkey of matched firm */
      b.gvkey as gvkey_m, 
      /* difference in ROA */
      abs(a.roa - b.roa) as Difference, 
      /* difference in DA_Jones */
      a.DA_Jones - b.DA_Jones as DA_pmKothari_Jones,
      a.DA_mJones - b.DA_mJones as DA_pmKothari_mJones
    from work.da_roa as a left join  work.da_roa as b
    on a.fyear = b.fyear and a.sic2 = b.sic2 /* same 2-digit SIC industry-year */       
    and a.key ne b.key /* not the same firm */
    group by a.gvkey, a.fyear
    having Difference = min(Difference) /* keep best match for size difference */
    order by gvkey, fyear;
quit;

/* drop possible multiple matches (with the same difference) in previous step */
proc sort data=work.da_all nodupkey; by key; run;

%let DAVars = DA_Jones DA_mJones DA_Kothari DA_pmKothari_Jones DA_pmKothari_mJones;

/* Winsorize discretionary accrual variables (Optional) */
%winsor(dsetin=work.da_all, dsetout=work.accruals_HribarCollins_&UseHribarCollinsTotalAccruals., byvar=fyear, vars=&DAVars, type=winsor, pctl=1 99);

/* Means, medians for key variables */
proc means data=work.accruals_HribarCollins_&UseHribarCollinsTotalAccruals. n mean min median max; var &DAVars; run; 

Last update: June 10, 2020

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