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06 December 2018:

Thursday  06 December 2018  14:00 - 15:30

Distribution Regression with Sample Selection, with an Application to Wage Decompositions in the UK

Ivan Fernandez-Val (Boston University)

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32L 3.05, 3rd Floor Conference Room, LSE, 32 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PH

STICERD Econometrics Seminar Series
Thursday  06 December 2018  15:30 - 17:00

Repeated Choice: A Theory of Stochastic Intertemporal Preferences

Jay Lu (UCLA) , joint with Kota Saito

Abstract: We provide a repeated choice foundation for models of stochastic choice. An agent chooses from a menu repeatedly over time generating a time series of choices. We study the limit frequency of these choices and characterize when they are generated by a subjective ergodic utility process. All parameters of the model can be fully identified from binary choices. When the agent satisfies Independence of Continuation Menus (ICM), inference can be performed without modeling repetition and continuation problems explicitly. On the other hand, if ICM is violated, then ignoring continuation menus will lead to biased estimates and inferences. We show that ICM holds if and only if the utility process is standard, i.e. additively separable across time. Moreover, it is equivalent to indifference to the timing of resolution of uncertainty and a repeated version of the classic independence axiom. Applications include elicitation of risk-aversion under stochastic Epstein-Zin preferences and estimation under dynamic discrete-choice models.

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STICERD Economic Theory Seminars
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