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Mismeasured Household Size and its Implications for the Identification of Economies of Scale

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  • Timothy J. Halliday

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We consider the possibility that demographic variables are measured with errors which arise because household surveys measure demographic structures at a point-in-time, whereas household composition evolves throughout the survey period. We construct and estimate sharp bounds on household size and find that the degree of these measurement errors is non-trivial. These errors have the potential to resolve the Deaton-Paxson paradox, but fail to do so. Copyright (c) Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Department of Economics, University of Oxford, 2009.

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Article provided by Department of Economics, University of Oxford in its journal Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Volume (Year): 72 (2010)
Issue (Month): 2 (04)
Pages: 246-262

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  1. John Gibson & Bonggeun Kim, 2011. "How Reliable are Household Expenditures as a Proxy for Permanent Income? Implications for the Income-Nutrition Relationship," Working Papers in Economics 11/03, University of Waikato, Department of Economics.

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