UCL Department of Economics


Testing homogeneity in dynamic discrete games in finite samples: Federico Bugni (Duke)

13 April 2021, 5:00 pm–6:00 pm

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Federico Bugni from Duke University will speak at this Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice (cemmap) online seminar.

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Abstract: The literature on dynamic discrete games often assumes that the conditional choice probabilities and the state transition probabilities are homogeneous across markets and over time. We refer to this as the “homogeneity assumption” in dynamic discrete games. This homogeneity assumption enables empirical studies to estimate the game’s structural parameters by pooling data from multiple markets and from many time periods. In this paper, we propose a hypothesis test to evaluate whether the homogeneity assumption holds in the data. Our hypothesis test is the result of an approximate randomization test, implemented via a Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm. We show that our hypothesis test becomes valid as the (user-defined) number of MCMC draws diverges, for any fixed number of markets, time periods, and players. We apply our test to the empirical study of the U.S. Portland cement industry in Ryan (2012).