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FAH3456 Simulation Methods in Econometrics 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus FAH3456 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The development of simulation-based estimators, along with the evolution of computational power, now allows the researcher to flexible formulate the a structural model based on micro-economic theory and estimate the structural model without relying on reduced form econometric models. The aim of this course is to introduce simulation methods to estimate such flexile discrete choice econometric models.

In this course we will focus on econometrics with limited dependent variables. This include, but is not limited to, discrete choice econometrics. As such, we will cover econometric methods that are a crucial part of the scientific toolbox in transportation research, but also in many other fields such as psychology, environmental economics and labour economics.

Theory for random utility economics, maximum likelihood estimation, logit, probit, censored probit, spatial probit, simulated method of moments, simulated maximum likelihood, method of simulated scores, and introduction to Bayesian methods, Metropolis-Hastings and Gibbs sampling, dynamic discrete choice models including dynamic programming models

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the course the student should be able to

- formulate an appropriate and flexible discrete choice econometrics designed for a given problem at hand

- estimate a standard discrete choice econometric model using standard econometric software

- formulate an appropriate discrete choice econometric model, choose an appropriate estimator and estimate such a model, using high level programming language and mathematical software libraries

- understand the trade-offs between statistical and computational efficiency and take informed decisions of choosing an appropriate estimator for a given problem

- choose a reduced form or structural econometric model for a given research question

- choose and apply basic bootstrap techniques

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

AH2304 Advanced transport modelling or AH2307 Urban Modeling and Decision Support

Recommended prerequisites

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Train, K., 2009 (second edition), Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation.
Cambridge University Press.
Rossi, P.E., Allenby, G.M., and McCulloch, R., 2005, Bayesian Statistics and
Marketing, Wiley & Sons Ltd, ISBN 978-0-470863-67-1
Gourieroux, C., Monfort, A., 1996, Simulation based econometric methods.
Renfro, C.G. (editor), Computational Econometrics, 2004, IOS Press, ISBN 1
58603 421 X
KOPPS Kursplan FAH3456 HT11 utgåva 1

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

P, F


  • INL1 - Hand in assignment, 4.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • PRO1 - Project, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

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Course web FAH3456

Offered by

ABE/Transport and Systems Analysis

Main field of study

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Education cycle

Third cycle

Add-on studies

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Anders Karlström,

Postgraduate course

Postgraduate courses at ABE/Transport and Systems Analysis