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A practical test for the choice of mixing distribution in a discrete choice model

Mogens Fosgerau () and Michel Bierlaire
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Michel Bierlaire: Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Econometrics from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: The choice of a specific distribution for random parameters of a discrete choice model is a critical issue in transportation analysis. Indeed, various pieces of research have demonstrated that an inappropriate choice of the distribution may lead to serious biases in model forecast and in the estimated means of random parameters. In this paper we propose a practical test, based on seminonparametric techniques. The test is analyzed both on synthetic and real data, and is shown to be simple and powerful.

Keywords: Seminonparametric; discrete choice; mixed logit; value of time (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C8 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2005-12-05
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