DP6219 The Unobserved Heterogeneity Distribution in Duration Analysis

Author(s): Jaap H Abbring, Gerard van den Berg
Publication Date: March 2007
Keyword(s): duration analysis, exponential mixture, gamma distribution, limit distribution, mixed proportional hazard
JEL(s): c14, c31, C41
Programme Areas: Labour Economics
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In a large class of hazard models with proportional unobserved heterogeneity, the distribution of the heterogeneity among survivors converges to a gamma distribution. This convergence is often rapid. We derive this result as a general result for exponential mixtures and explore its implications for the specification and empirical analysis of univariate and multivariate duration models.