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Identification and Estimation of Games with Incomplete Information Using Excluded Regressors, Second Version

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  • Arthur Lewbel

    () (Department of Economics, Boston College)

  • Xun Tang

    () (Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania)

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We show nonparametric point identification of static binary games with incomplete information, using excluded regressors. An excluded regressor for player ¡ is a state variable that does not affect other players’ utility and is additively separable from other components in ¡’s payoff. When excluded regressors are conditionally independent from private information, the interaction effects between players and the marginal effects of excluded regressors on payoff are identified. In addition, if excluded regressors vary sufficiently relative to the support of private information, then the full payoff functions and the distribution of private information are also nonparametrically identified. We illustrate how excluded regressors satisfying these conditions arise in contexts such as entry games between firms, as variation in observed components of fixed costs. We extend our approach to accommodate the existence of multiple Bayesian Nash equilibria in the data-generating process without assuming equilibrium selection rules. For a semiparametric model with linear payoff, we propose root-N consistent and asymptotically normal estimators for parameters in players’payoffs.

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  • Arthur Lewbel & Xun Tang, 2010. "Identification and Estimation of Games with Incomplete Information Using Excluded Regressors, Second Version," PIER Working Paper Archive 12-018, Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania, revised 20 Mar 2012.
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    1. Fabian Dunker & Stefan Hoderlein & Hiroaki Kaido, 2013. "Random Coefficients in Static Games of Complete Information," Boston College Working Papers in Economics 835, Boston College Department of Economics.
    2. Yingying Dong & Arthur Lewbel, 2015. "A Simple Estimator for Binary Choice Models with Endogenous Regressors," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 34(1-2), pages 82-105, February.
    3. Jeremy T. Fox & Natalia Lazzati, 2012. "Identification of Potential Games and Demand Models for Bundles," NBER Working Papers 18155, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
    4. Jeremy Fox & Natalia Lazzati, 2013. "Identification of discrete choice models for bundles and binary games," CeMMAP working papers CWP04/13, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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    Keywords

    Games with Incomplete Information; Excluded Regressors; Nonparametric Identification; Semiparametric Estimation; Multiple Equilibria;

    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • D43 - Microeconomics - - Market Structure, Pricing, and Design - - - Oligopoly and Other Forms of Market Imperfection

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