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A Practitioner's Guide to Bayesian Estimation of Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming Models

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  • Andrew Ching

    ()
    (University of Toronto)

  • Susumu Imai

    ()
    (Queen's University)

  • Masakazu Ishihara

    ()
    (University of Toronto)

  • Neelam Jain

    ()
    (Northern Illinois University)

Abstract

This paper provides a step-by-step guide to estimating discrete choice dynamic programming (DDP) models using the Bayesian Dynamic Programming algorithm developed by Imai Jain and Ching (2008) (IJC). The IJC method combines the DDP solution algorithm with the Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm into a single algorithm, which solves the DDP model and estimates its structural parameters simultaneously. The main computational advantage of this estimation algorithm is the efficient use of information obtained from the past iterations. In the conventional Nested Fixed Point algorithm, most of the information obtained in the past iterations remains unused in the current iteration. In contrast, the Bayesian Dynamic Programming algorithm extensively uses the computational results obtained from the past iterations to help solving the DDP model at the current iterated parameter values. Consequently, it significantly alleviates the computational burden of estimating a DDP model. We carefully discuss how to implement the algorithm in practice, and use a simple dynamic store choice model to illustrate how to apply this algorithm to obtain parameter estimates.

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Paper provided by Queen's University, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1201.

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Length: 49 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Keywords: Bayesian Dynamic Programming; Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming; Markov Chain Monte Carlo;

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