Estimation of Discrete Choice Models: A Machine Learning Approach

10/15/2020 ∙ by Nick Doudchenko, et al. ∙ 0

In this paper we propose a new method of estimation for discrete choice demand models when individual level data are available. The method employs a two-step procedure. Step 1 predicts the choice probabilities as functions of the observed individual level characteristics. Step 2 estimates the structural parameters of the model using the estimated choice probabilities at a particular point of interest and the moment restrictions. In essence, the method uses nonparametric approximation (followed by) moment estimation. Hence the name—NAME. We use simulations to compare the performance of NAME with the standard methodology. We find that our method improves precision as well as convergence time. We supplement the analysis by providing the large sample properties of the proposed estimator.

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