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A Practitioner's Guide To Bayesian Estimation Of Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming Models

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  • Andrew Ching

    (University of Toronto)

  • Susumu Imai

    (Queen's University)

  • Masakazu Ishihara

    (University of Toronto)

  • Neelam Jain

    (Northern Illinois University)

Abstract

This paper provides a step-by-step guide to estimating discrete choice dynamic programming(DDP) models using the Bayesian Dynamic Programming algorithm developedin Imai, Jain and Ching (2008) (IJC). The IJC method combines the DDP solution algorithmwith the Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo algorithm into a single algorithm,which solves the DDP model and estimates its structural parameters simultaneously. Themain computational advantage of this estimation algorithm is the efficient use of informationobtained from the past iterations. In the conventional Nested Fixed Point algorithm,most of the information obtained in the past iterations remains unused in the current iteration.In contrast, the Bayesian Dynamic Programming algorithm extensively uses thecomputational results obtained from the past iterations to help solving the DDP model atthe current iterated parameter values. Consequently, it significantly alleviates the computationalburden of estimating a DDP model. We carefully discuss how to implementthe algorithm in practice, and use a simple dynamic store choice model to illustrate howto apply this algorithm to obtain parameter estimates.

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  • Andrew Ching & Susumu Imai & Masakazu Ishihara & Neelam Jain, 2009. "A Practitioner's Guide To Bayesian Estimation Of Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming Models," Working Paper 1201, Economics Department, Queen's University.
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    Keywords

    Bayesian Dynamic Programming; Discrete Choice Dynamic Programming; Markov Chain Monte Carlo;
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    • C11 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Bayesian Analysis: General
    • M3 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Marketing and Advertising

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