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Semiparametric Estimation of Markov Decision Processeswith Continuous State Space

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  • Oliver Linton
  • Sorawoot Srisuma

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We propose a general two-step estimation method for the structural parameters ofpopular semiparametric Markovian discrete choice models that include a class ofMarkovian Games andallow for continuous observable state space. The estimation procedure is simpleas it directly generalizes the computationally attractive methodology of Pesendorferand Schmidt-Dengler (2008) that assumed finite observable states. This extensionis non-trivial as the value functions, to be estimated nonparametrically in the firststage, are defined recursively in a non-linear functional equation. Utilizingstructural assumptions, we show how to consistently estimate the infinitedimensional parameters as the solution to some type II integral equations, thesolving of which is a well-posed problem. We provide sufficient set of primitives toobtain root-T consistent estimators for the finite dimensional structural parametersand the distribution theory for the value functions in a time series framework.

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  • Oliver Linton & Sorawoot Srisuma, 2010. "Semiparametric Estimation of Markov Decision Processeswith Continuous State Space," STICERD - Econometrics Paper Series 550, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
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    Discrete Markov Decision Models; Kernel Smoothing; Markovian Games; Semi-parametric Estimation; Well-Posed Inverse Problem.D;
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