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A practical test for the choice of mixing distribution in a discrete choice model

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  • Mogens Fosgerau

    (Danish Transport Research Institute)

  • Michel Bierlaire

    (Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne)

Abstract

The choice of a specific distribution for random parameters of a discrete choice model is a critical issue in transportation analysis. Indeed, various pieces of research have demonstrated that an inappropriate choice of the distribution may lead to serious biases in model forecast and in the estimated means of random parameters. In this paper we propose a practical test, based on seminonparametric techniques. The test is analyzed both on synthetic and real data, and is shown to be simple and powerful.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Econometrics with number 0512002.

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Length: 23 pages
Date of creation: 05 Dec 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpem:0512002

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Keywords: Seminonparametric; discrete choice; mixed logit; value of time;

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  1. Fosgerau, Mogens & Hjort, Katrine & Vincent Lyk-Jensen, Stéphanie, 2007. "An approach to the estimation of the distribution of marginal valuations from discrete choice data," MPRA Paper 3907, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  2. Ricardo Scarpa & Mara Thiene & Francesco Marangon, 2007. "Using flexible taste distributions to value collective reputation for environmentally-friendly production methods," Working Papers in Economics 07/24, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.

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