Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter B125
Identification and Inference for Pure Random Coefficients Models with Limited Consideration
Francesca Molinari, H. T. Warshow and Robert Irving Warshow Professor of Economics and Professor of Statistics, Cornell University,

Abstract: This paper proposes a discrete choice model where decision makers differ both in their preferences as well as in the products they consider – their consideration sets. The paper shows how to point identify both the preference distribution and the consideration set formation mechanism under a wide range of assumptions and consideration set formation mechanisms, using cross-sectional data on choices and attributes. In particular, we show that point identification can be attained even when consideration depends on preferences as well as on (many of the) product characteristics, without the need of panel data or menu variation. We propose a sieve-likelihood estimator for the nonparametric distribution of preferences and consideration sets, and obtain its asymptotic properties. We compare our model with models in the Logit family. We illustrate the properties of our approach and its computational advantages in large scale simulations and an empirical application.

Written with Levon Barseghyan.

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