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Estimation of Dynastic Life-Cycle Discrete Choice Models


Abstract: This paper explores the estimation of a class of life-cycle discrete choice intergenerational models. It proposes a new semiparametric estimator. It shows that it is root-N-consistent and asymptotically normally distributed. We compare our estimator with a modified version of the full solution maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) in a Monte Carlo study. Our estimator performs comparably to the MLE in a finite sample but greatly reduces the computational cost. The paper documents that the quantity-quality trade-offs depend on the household composition and specialization in the household. Using the proposed estimator, we estimate a dynastic model that rationalizes these observed patterns.

JEL Classification: C13; J13; J22; J62;

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Provider: Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Part of Series: Working Papers

Publication Date: 2015-08-13

Number: 2015-20