Thum, AnnaElisabeth (2013): Psychology in econometric models: conceptual and methodological foundations.

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Personality, ability, trust, motivation and beliefs determine outcomes in life and in particular those of economic nature such as finding a job or earnings. A problem with this type of determinants is that they are not immanently objectively quantifiable and that there is no intrinsic scale  such as in the case of age, years of education or wages. Often we think of these concepts as complex and several items are needed to capture them. In the measurement sense, we dispose of a more or less noisy set of measures, which indirectly express and measure a concept of interest. This way of conceptualizing is used in latent variables modelling. I examine in this article in how far economic and econometric literature can contribute to specifying a framework of how to use latent variables in economic models. As a semiparametric identification strategy for models with endogeneous latent factors I propose to use existing work on identification in the presence of endogeneous variables and examine which additional assumptions are necessary to apply this strategy for models with latent variables. I discuss several estimation strategies and implement a Bayesian Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) algorithm.
Item Type:  MPRA Paper 

Original Title:  Psychology in econometric models: conceptual and methodological foundations 
Language:  English 
Keywords:  latent variable modelling, identification with endogenous regressors, monte carlo markov chain 
Subjects:  C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1  Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C11  Bayesian Analysis: General C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C1  Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General > C14  Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General C  Mathematical and Quantitative Methods > C3  Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models ; Multiple Variables > C38  Classification Methods ; Cluster Analysis ; Principal Components ; Factor Models J  Labor and Demographic Economics > J2  Demand and Supply of Labor > J24  Human Capital ; Skills ; Occupational Choice ; Labor Productivity 
Item ID:  52293 
Depositing User:  Dr Anna Elisabeth Thum 
Date Deposited:  21 Dec 2013 09:11 
Last Modified:  28 Sep 2019 16:57 
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