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Using Copulas to Model Switching Regimes with an Application to Child Labour

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  • MURRAY D. SMITH
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    The copula approach to econometric modelling involves the specification of the separate components of the joint distribution of the random variables of interest: models built for each margin are bound together using a copula function. In this paper, the copula approach is used to construct models for switching regimes. The construct is illustrated by fitting a wage earnings model for child workers in the early 1900s, with regimes governed according to literacy. The results improve on earlier modelling efforts by Poirier and Tobias (2003), finding that a child worker may on average expect a reduction in earnings from being literate. Copyright 2005 The Economic Society Of Australia.

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    Article provided by The Economic Society of Australia in its journal The Economic Record.

    Volume (Year): 81 (2005)
    Issue (Month): s1 (08)
    Pages: S47-S57

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    Handle: RePEc:bla:ecorec:v:81:y:2005:i:s1:p:s47-s57

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    1. Bhat, Chandra R. & Eluru, Naveen, 2009. "A copula-based approach to accommodate residential self-selection effects in travel behavior modeling," Transportation Research Part B: Methodological, Elsevier, vol. 43(7), pages 749-765, August.
    2. Rainer Winkelmann, 2009. "Copula-based bivariate binary response models," SOI - Working Papers 0913, Socioeconomic Institute - University of Zurich.
    3. Rainer Winkelmann, 2011. "Copula bivariate probit models: with an application to medical expenditures," ECON - Working Papers 029, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
    4. Hasebe, Takuya & Vijverberg, Wim P., 2012. "A Flexible Sample Selection Model: A GTL-Copula Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 7003, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    5. Chandra Bhat & Ipek Sener, 2009. "A copula-based closed-form binary logit choice model for accommodating spatial correlation across observational units," Journal of Geographical Systems, Springer, vol. 11(3), pages 243-272, September.
    6. Simon Luechinger & Alois Stutzer & Rainer Winkelmann, 2008. "Self-Selection and Subjective Well-Being: Copula Models with an Application to Public and Private Sector Work," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 135, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).

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