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Bayesian Exploratory Factor Analysis

Gabriella Conti (), Frühwirth-Schnatter, Sylvia (), James Heckman and Rémi Piatek
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Frühwirth-Schnatter, Sylvia: Vienna University of Economics and Business

No 8338, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper develops and applies a Bayesian approach to Exploratory Factor Analysis that improves on ad hoc classical approaches. Our framework relies on dedicated factor models and simultaneously determines the number of factors, the allocation of each measurement to a unique factor, and the corresponding factor loadings. Classical identification criteria are applied and integrated into our Bayesian procedure to generate models that are stable and clearly interpretable. A Monte Carlo study confirms the validity of the approach. The method is used to produce interpretable low dimensional aggregates from a high dimensional set of psychological measurements.

Keywords: marginal data augmentation; identifiability; exploratory factor analysis; Bayesian factor models; model expansion; model selection (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C11 C38 C63 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-07
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Published in: Journal of Econometrics, 2014, 183(1), 31–57

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