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Nonparametric identification of dynamic multinomial choice games: unknown payoffs and shocks without interchangeability

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This paper proves a nonparametric identification result for a stochastic dynamic discrete choice game of incomplete information. The joint distribution of the private information and the stage game payoffs of the players are both assumed unknown for the econometrician and the private information across alternatives is allowed to have different distributions and be dependent. This setup poses a circularity problem in the identification strategy that has not been solved for dynamic games. This paper proposes a solution through exclusion restrictions and implied properties of the unknown functions. Under the assumptions that the distribution of the private shocks for the outside option is known and the outside option’s shocks are independent of other shocks, the results jointly identify the stage game payoffs and the joint distribution of the private information.

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  • Otero, Karina V., 2016. "Nonparametric identification of dynamic multinomial choice games: unknown payoffs and shocks without interchangeability," MPRA Paper 86784, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    Keywords

    dynamic multinomial choice games; dynamic Markov game; Markov decision processes; multiple choice models; econometric identification; incomplete information; dynamic discrete choice; discrete decision process; decision model.;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C51 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Model Construction and Estimation
    • C57 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric Modeling - - - Econometrics of Games and Auctions

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