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Ronning, Gerd
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Diskussionsbeiträge: Serie II, Sonderforschungsbereich 178 "Internationalisierung der Wirtschaft", Universität Konstanz 80
An adequate stochastic model for shares as dependent variables is provided by the Dirichlet distribution. The paper considers two different parametrizations which lead to linear and nonlinear Dirichlet share equations. Using an inequality for the trigamma function the global concavity of the likelihood function for the nonlinear case is shown. The same inequality is employed in proving positive definiteness of the information matrix for the linear case. Suitability of the Dirichlet specification in econometric demand systems (such as AIDS and Translog) is discussed.
Dirichlet distribution
demand systems
trigamma function
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