Department of Economics
Institutional Affiliation: Stanford University
NBER Working Papers and Publications
|December 2019||Using Wasserstein Generative Adversarial Networks for the Design of Monte Carlo Simulations|
with Susan Athey, Guido W. Imbens, Evan M. Munro: w26566
When researchers develop new econometric methods it is common practice to compare the performance of the new methods to those of existing methods in Monte Carlo studies. The credibility of such Monte Carlo studies is often limited because of the freedom the researcher has in choosing the design. In recent years a new class of generative models emerged in the machine learning literature, termed Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) that can be used to systematically generate artificial data that closely mimics real economic datasets, while limiting the degrees of freedom for the researcher and optionally satisfying privacy guarantees with respect to their training data. In addition if an applied researcher is concerned with the performance of a particular statistical method on a specific...