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Nonparametric analysis of monotone choice

Natalia Lazzati (), John Quah () and Koji Shirai ()
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Koji Shirai: School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University

No 184, Discussion Paper Series from School of Economics, Kwansei Gakuin University

Abstract: We develop a nonparametric approach to test for monotone behavior in optimizing agents and to make out-of-sample predictions. Our approach could be applied to simultaneous games with ordered actions, with agents playing pure strategy Nash equilibria or Bayesian Nash equilibria. We require no parametric assumptions on payoff functions nor distributional assumptions on the unobserved heterogeneity of agents. Multiplicity of optimal solutions (or equilibria) is not excluded, and we are agnostic about how they are selected. To illustrate how our approach works, we include an empirical application to an IO entry game.

Keywords: revealed preference; monotone comparative statics; single crossing differences; supermodular games; entry games (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C1 C6 C7 D4 L1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ecm, nep-gth and nep-mic
Date: 2018-04
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