Estimating Bayesian decision problems with heterogeneous priors

Vol: 
18/2013
Author name: 
Hansen S
McMahon M
Year: 
2013
Month: 
April
Abstract: 

In many areas of economics there is a growing interest in how expertise and preferences drive individual and group decision making under uncertainty. Increasingly, we wish to estimate such models to quantify which of these drive decision making. In this paper we propose a new channel through which we can empirically identify expertise and preference parameters by using variation in decisions over heterogeneous priors. Relative to existing estimation approaches, our Prior Based Identication” extends the possible environments which can be estimated, and also substantially improves the accuracy and precision of estimates in those environments which can be estimated using existing methods

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