A Bayesian spatial autoregressive logit model with an empirical application to European regional FDI flows

Krisztin T & Piribauer P (2020). A Bayesian spatial autoregressive logit model with an empirical application to European regional FDI flows. Empirical Economics DOI:10.1007/s00181-020-01856-w.

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Abstract

In this paper, we propose a Bayesian estimation approach for a spatial autoregressive logit specification. Our approach relies on recent advances in Bayesian computing, making use of Pólya–Gamma sampling for Bayesian Markov-chain Monte Carlo algorithms. The proposed specification assumes that the involved log-odds of the model follow a spatial autoregressive process. Pólya–Gamma sampling involves a computationally efficient treatment of the spatial autoregressive logit model, allowing for extensions to the existing baseline specification in an elegant and straightforward way. In a Monte Carlo study we demonstrate that our proposed approach markedly outperforms alternative specifications in terms of parameter precision. The paper moreover illustrates the performance of the proposed spatial autoregressive logit specification using pan-European regional data on foreign direct investments. Our empirical results highlight the importance of accounting for spatial dependence when modelling European regional FDI flows.

Item Type: Article
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2020 08:03
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2020 08:03
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/16370

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