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1. Zhao, Li. Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information.

Degree: PhD, Economics, 2016, Vanderbilt University

This dissertation considers questions in the econometrics of discrete games of complete information. Chapter 1 proposes an econometric framework that explicitly models the selection of equilibria as a discrete choice model. Such framework could achieve point identification. A simulation based approach is proposed to estimate the structural model. Chapter 2 discusses the relationship among the three types of partial identification approaches available in the literature. I show a modified version of bound estimation is equivalent to the sensitive analysis approach and the sharp identification approach in the sense that they draw inference on the same identified set. Chapter 3 studies identification and estimation of discrete games in large networks. Moment inequalities on choice probabilities of subnetworks are constructed to partially identify the model. Monte Carlo studies are conducted in Chapter 1 and 3 to evaluate the performance of approaches developed in this dissertation. Two applications are considered, Chapter 1 contains a study on the entry competition in the home improvement industry; Chapter 3 studies peer effects on smoking in friend networks. Advisors/Committee Members: Federico H. Gutierrez (committee member), Yanqin Fan (committee member), Alejandro Molnar (committee member), Tong Li (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: social network; empirical game-theoretic analysis; strategic interaction; peer effect; entry competition; partial identification

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APA (6th Edition):

Zhao, L. (2016). Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information. (Doctoral Dissertation). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1803/10559

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Zhao, Li. “Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information.” 2016. Doctoral Dissertation, Vanderbilt University. Accessed January 23, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/1803/10559.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Zhao, Li. “Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information.” 2016. Web. 23 Jan 2021.

Vancouver:

Zhao L. Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2016. [cited 2021 Jan 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/10559.

Council of Science Editors:

Zhao L. Essays on the Econometrics of Discrete Games of Complete Information. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2016. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/10559


Vanderbilt University

2. Manzanares, Carlos Andrew. Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination.

Degree: PhD, Economics, 2016, Vanderbilt University

Legacy carriers in the U.S. airline industry have a long history of vigorously defending their most important hubs from low cost carrier expansion. Since 2005, the U.S. airline industry has undergone some of the most dramatic merger activity in its history, with five mergers between major carriers reducing the number of major carriers from eight to four. This merger activity has coincided with low cost carrier expansion into some hubs previously dominated by legacy carriers. This dissertation quantifies how mergers change the incentives of incumbent legacy carriers to accommodate new entry. A technical challenge in doing so lies in the well-known “curse of dimensionality” for modeling dynamic strategic competition, which is especially prohibitive in the context of network industries (including airlines). In the airline context, this curse is induced by the high-dimensionality of airline networks, since firms make simultaneous decisions about route structures, flight frequencies, and prices across thousands of markets. We solve this challenge by proposing a novel method for studying high-dimensional dynamic strategic competition which combines tools from machine learning, the econometrics of dynamic games, and approximate dynamic programming. Using this tool to analyze the Delta and Northwest merger and Southwest Airline’s entry patterns, we find evidence that Southwest was more likely to enter flight segments where, from Delta and Northwest’s perspective, the expected value of committing aircraft capacity, relative to other flight segments, fell the most post-merger. Outside of the airline context, we further illustrate this method by studying a dynamic spatial store placement game among big box retailers (including Walmart), extending the analysis of Holmes (2011). Finally, in an unrelated context, we systematically study the identification of the average treatment effect on the treated under the difference-in-differences design in the context of repeated cross-sectional data when post-treatment treatment status is unknown for the pre-treatment sample. We illustrate our approach by estimating the effect of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1991 on employment outcomes of the disabled. Advisors/Committee Members: Alejandro Molnar (committee member), Patrick Bajari (committee member), Andrea Moro (committee member), Yanqin Fan (Committee Chair), Tong Li (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: econometrics; antitrust law; partial identification; machine learning; mergers; dynamic games

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APA (6th Edition):

Manzanares, C. A. (2016). Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination. (Doctoral Dissertation). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12349

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Manzanares, Carlos Andrew. “Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination.” 2016. Doctoral Dissertation, Vanderbilt University. Accessed January 23, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12349.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Manzanares, Carlos Andrew. “Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination.” 2016. Web. 23 Jan 2021.

Vancouver:

Manzanares CA. Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2016. [cited 2021 Jan 23]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12349.

Council of Science Editors:

Manzanares CA. Essays on the Analysis of High-Dimensional Dynamic Games and Data Combination. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Vanderbilt University; 2016. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12349

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