GME versus OLS - Which is the best to estimate utility functions?
AbstractThis paper estimates von Neumann andMorgenstern utility functions comparing the generalized maximum entropy (GME) with OLS, using data obtained by utility elicitation methods. Thus, it provides a comparison of the performance of the two estimators in a real data small sample setup. The results confirm the ones obtained for small samples through Monte Carlo simulations. The difference between the two estimators is small and it decreases as the width of the parameter support vector increases. Moreover the GME estimator is more precise than the OLS one. Overall the results suggest that GME is an interesting alternative to OLS in the estimation of utility functions when data is generated by utility elicitation methods.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University of Evora, CEFAGE-UE (Portugal) in its series CEFAGE-UE Working Papers with number 2010_02.
Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: 2010
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Generalized maximum entropy; Maximum entropy principle; von Neumann and Morgenstern utility; Utility elicitation.;
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- NEP-ECM-2010-04-04 (Econometrics)
- NEP-UPT-2010-04-04 (Utility Models & Prospect Theory)
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