Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/177636
Authors: 
Rouwendal, Jan
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 17-068/VIII
Abstract: 
This paper shows that Hausman-McFadden and related tests for the multinomial logit model are not informative about failure of IIA, but only about specification error in the deterministic part of the utilities attached to choice alternatives. It is shown that the multinomial logit cannot be distinguished from any more general additive random utility model when a full set of alternative specific constants is present. Estimation of such more general models only addresses specification error in the deterministic parts of the utilities and is not informative about the true specification of the random terms of the utilities.
Subjects: 
multinomial logit
Hausman-McFadden specification test
nested logit
GEV models
mixed logit
JEL: 
D1
D4
Document Type: 
Working Paper
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