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Extending Unobserved Heterogeneity - A Strategy for Accounting for Respondent Perceptions in the Absence of Suitable Data

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  • Timothy A. Weterings

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  • Mark N. Harris
  • Bruce Hollingsworth

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This research proposes that, in cases where threshold covariates are either unavailable or difficult to observe, practitioners should treat these characteristics as latent, and use simulated maximum likelihood techniques to control for them. Two econometric frameworks for doing so in a more flexible manner are proposed. The finite sample performance of these new specifications are investigated with the use of Monte Carlo simulation. Applications of successively more flexible models are then given, with extensive post-estimation analysis utilised to better assess the likely implications of model choice on conclusions made in empirical research.

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  • Timothy A. Weterings & Mark N. Harris & Bruce Hollingsworth, 2012. "Extending Unobserved Heterogeneity - A Strategy for Accounting for Respondent Perceptions in the Absence of Suitable Data," Monash Econometrics and Business Statistics Working Papers 12/12, Monash University, Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics.
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    Keywords

    Ordered Choice Modeling; Unobserved Heterogeneity; Simulated Maximum Likelihood;

    JEL classification:

    • C01 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Econometrics
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C52 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Evaluation, Validation, and Selection

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