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JBES Session: Transparency in Structural Estimation

Paper Session

Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)

Marriott Marquis, Catalina
Hosted By: Econometric Society
  • Chair: Christian Hansen, University of Chicago

Transparency in Structural Estimation

Matthew Gentzkow
Stanford University
Isaiah Andrews
Harvard University
Jesse M. Shapiro
Brown University


We propose a formal definition of transparency in empirical research and apply it to structural estimation in economics. We discuss how some existing practices can be understood as attempts to improve transparency, and we suggest ways to improve current practice, emphasizing approaches that impose a minimal computational burden on the researcher. We illustrate with examples.
Elie Tamer
Harvard University
Christopher Taber
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Stephane Bonhomme
University of Chicago
JEL Classifications
  • C1 - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General
  • C5 - Econometric Modeling