Article

The use of latent variable models in policy: A road fraught with peril?

Citation

Campbell D & Dancke Sandorf E (2020) The use of latent variable models in policy: A road fraught with peril?. Bio-based and Applied Economics, 9 (3), pp. 305-324. https://doi.org/10.13128/bae-8087

Abstract
This paper explores the potential usefulness and possible pitfalls of using integrated choice and latent variable models (hybrid choice models) on stated choice data to inform policy. Using a series of Monte-Carlo simulations, we consider how model selection depends on the strength of relationship between the latent variable and preferences and the strength of relationship between the latent variable and the indicator. Our findings show that integrated choice and latent variable models are difficult to estimate, even when the data generating process is known. Ultimately, we show that their use should be driven by the analyst’s belief about the strength of correlations between preferences, the latent variable and indicator. We discuss the implications of our results for policy.

Keywords
stated preferences; choice modelling; integrated choice and latent variables; hybrid choice model

Journal
Bio-based and Applied Economics: Volume 9, Issue 3

StatusPublished
FundersEuropean Commission (Horizon 2020)
Publication date31/12/2020
Publication date online24/10/2020
Date accepted by journal15/10/2020
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/32073
ISSN2280-6180
eISSN2280-6172