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Comment on “Simulation and Estimation of Hedonic Models” by Heckman, Matzkin and Nesheim

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This paper contains commentary on the chapter “Simulation and Estimation of Hedonic Models” by Heckman, Matzkin and Nesheim that appeared in the volume "Frontiers in Applied General Equilibrium Modeling," Kehoe, Srinivasan and Whalley (eds.), Cambridge University Press, 2005. I explain in simple terms the sources of identification in their model. I also argue for the importance of economic theory in empirical work in general, and criticize various attempts to do "theory-free" analysis.

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  • Keane, Michael, 2003. "Comment on “Simulation and Estimation of Hedonic Models” by Heckman, Matzkin and Nesheim," MPRA Paper 55141, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Keane, Michael P., 2010. "Structural vs. atheoretic approaches to econometrics," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 156(1), pages 3-20, May.

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    Keywords

    hedonic models; identification; Bayesian semi-parametrics; structural model; theory based empirical analysis; functional form assumptions; instrumental variables; mixture-of-normals; flexible parametric models;

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    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General

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