Estimation of a simple queuing system with Units-in-service and complete data
Queuing theory may be useful for analyzing economic phenomena involving count and duration data. We develop maximum likelihood estimators for the time-varying parameters of a simple queuing system based on two kinds of data: complete interarrival and service times (IST), and number of units in service (NIS). The IST estimator dominates the NIS estimator, in terms of ease of implementation, bias, and variance. The model is useful for many empirical applications in economics.