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Bounding preference parameters under different assumptions about beliefs: a partial identification approach


  • Charles Bellemare


  • Luc Bissonnette


  • Sabine Kröger



We show how bounds around preferences parameters can be estimated under various levels of assumptions concerning the beliefs of senders in the investment game. We contrast these bounds with point estimates of the preference parameters obtained using non-incentivized subjective belief data. Our point estimates suggest that expected responses and social preferences both play a significant role in determining investment in the game. Moreover, these point estimates fall within our most reasonable bounds. This suggests that credible inferences can be obtained using non-incentivized beliefs.
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  • Charles Bellemare & Luc Bissonnette & Sabine Kröger, 2010. "Bounding preference parameters under different assumptions about beliefs: a partial identification approach," Experimental Economics, Springer;Economic Science Association, vol. 13(3), pages 334-345, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:expeco:v:13:y:2010:i:3:p:334-345
    DOI: 10.1007/s10683-010-9244-6

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    Partial identification; Preferences; Beliefs; Decision making under uncertainty; Investment game; C81;

    JEL classification:

    • C81 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Methodology for Collecting, Estimating, and Organizing Microeconomic Data; Data Access


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