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Behavioral Foundations for Conditional Markov Models of Aggregate Data

Conditional Markov chain models of observed aggregate sharetype data have been used by economic researchers for several years, but the classes of models commonly used in practice are often criticized as being purely ad hoc because they are not derived from microbehavioral foundations. The primary purpose of this paper is to show that the estimating equations commonly used to estimate these conditional Markov chain models may be derived from the assumed statistical properties of an agentspecific discrete decision process. Thus, any conditional Markov chain model estimated from these estimating equations may be compatible with some underlying agentspecific decision process. The secondary purpose of this paper is to use an information theoretic approach to derive a new class of conditional Markov chain models from this set of estimating equations. The proposed modeling framework is based on the behavioral foundations but does not require specific assumptions about the utility function or other components of the agentspecific discrete decision process. The asymptotic properties of the proposed estimators are developed to facilitate model selection procedures and classical tests of behavioral hypotheses.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, University of Missouri in its series Working Papers with number 0718.

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Date of creation: 01 Sep 2007
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