Ulric B. and Evelyn L. Bray Social Sciences Seminar

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Baxter Lecture Hall
Distributions of Posterior Quantiles and Economic Applications
Kai Hao Yang, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale School of Management.,

Abstract: We characterize the distributions of posterior quantiles under a given prior. Unlike the distributions of posterior means, which are known to be mean-preserving contractions of the prior, the distributions of posterior quantiles coincide with a first-order stochastic dominance interval bounded by an upper and a lower truncation of the prior. We apply this characterization to several environments, ranging across political economy, Bayesian persuasion, industrial organization, econometrics, finance, and accounting.

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