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Estimation of Sample Selection Models With Two Selection Mechanisms

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  • Li, Phillip

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This paper focuses on estimating limited dependent variable models with incidentally truncated data and two selection mechanisms. While typical sample selection models have been widely estimated, extensions to multiple selection mechanisms have been sparse due to intractable likelihood functions or estimation algorithms with slow convergence. This paper extends the sampling algorithm from Chib et al. (2009) and proposes a computationally-ecient Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) estimation algorithm with data augmentation. The algorithm only augments the posterior with a small subset of the total missing data caused by the selection mechanisms, which improves convergence of the MCMC chain and decreases computational load relative to standard algorithms. The resulting sampling densities are well-known despite not having the "complete" data. The methods are applied to estimate the e�ects of residential density on vehicle usage and holdings in California.

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Paper provided by University of California Transportation Center in its series University of California Transportation Center, Working Papers with number qt0h97w9x2.

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Date of creation: 01 Mar 2010
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Handle: RePEc:cdl:uctcwp:qt0h97w9x2

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  1. Angela Vossmeyer, 2014. "Treatment Effects and Informative Missingness with an Application to Bank Recapitalization Programs," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 104(5), pages 212-17, May.
  2. Biørn, Erik & Wangen, Knut R., 2012. "New Taxonomies for Limited Dependent Variables Models," MPRA Paper 41461, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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