On the ecological fallacy in discrete-choice models

Herger, Nils (2020). On the ecological fallacy in discrete-choice models. Journal of Choice Modelling, 34, p. 100201. Elsevier 10.1016/j.jocm.2019.100201

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In linear regressions, the ecological fallacy—the erroneous belief that aggregate-level coefficients coincide with individual-level coefficients—arises when individual outcomes depend on the group environment. This paper suggest that such “group effects” determine also the circumstances under which the ecological fallacy vanishes from basic discrete-choice models. In particular, when controlling for group effects, it is shown that the same coefficients arise from a conditional logit model, which is a popular framework to analyse individual choices, and a Poisson regression, which provides a framework to analyse the aggregate number (or count) of such choices across groups.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Economics

UniBE Contributor:

Herger, Nils

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics

ISSN:

1755-5345

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Dino Collalti

Date Deposited:

11 Jan 2021 13:55

Last Modified:

17 Jan 2021 02:55

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.jocm.2019.100201

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/150683

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/150683

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