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Decisionmetrics: A decision-based approach to econometric modelling

  • Skouras, Spyros

In many applications it is necessary to use a simple and therefore highly misspecified econometric model as the basis for decision-making. We propose an approach to developing a possibly misspecified econometric model that will be used as the beliefs of an objective expected utility maximiser. A discrepancy between model and ÔtruthÕ is introduced that is interpretable as a measure of the modelÕs value for this decision-maker. Our decision-based approach utilises this discrepancy in estimation, selection, inference and evaluation of parametric or semiparametric models. The methods proposed nest quasi-likelihood methods as a special case that arises when model value is measured by the Kullback-Leibler information discrepancy and also provide an econometric approach for developing parametric decision rules (e.g. technical trading rules) with desirable properties. The approach is illustrated and applied in the context of a CARA investorÕs decision problem for which analytical, simulation and empirical results suggest it is very effective.

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Volume (Year): 137 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (April)
Pages: 414-440

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