Estimating a semi-parametric duration model without specifying heterogeneity

Jerry A. Hausman, Tiemen Woutersen

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This paper presents a new estimator for the mixed proportional hazard model that allows for a nonparametric baseline hazard and time-varying regressors. In particular, this paper allows for discrete measurement of the durations as happens often in practice. The integrated baseline hazard and all parameters are estimated at the regular rate, N, where N is the number of individuals. A hazard model is a natural framework for time-varying regressors. In particular, if a flow or a transition probability depends on a regressor that changes with time, a hazard model avoids the curse of dimensionality that would arise from interacting the regressors at each point in time with one another. This paper also presents a new test to detect unobserved heterogeneity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)114-131
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Econometrics
Issue numberPART 1
StatePublished - Jan 2014


  • Heterogeneity
  • Mixed proportional hazard model
  • Time-varying regressors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics and Econometrics


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