Mismeasured Household Size and Its Implications for the Identification of Economies of Scale
AbstractWe consider the possibility that household demographic variables are measured with error. Such errors will arise because income and consumption surveys measure the household's structure at a point-in-time, whereas the demographic composition of the household is constantly evolving over the survey period. We construct and estimate sharp bounds which suggest that the degree of these measurement errors is nontrivial. We also provide evidence that these errors may have important ramifications for recent work on the identification of economies of scale within households.
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Length: 34 pages
Date of creation: 22 Mar 2007
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- Timothy J. Halliday, 2010. "Mismeasured Household Size and its Implications for the Identification of Economies of Scale," Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Department of Economics, University of Oxford, vol. 72(2), pages 246-262, 04.
- Halliday, Timothy J., 2008. "Mismeasured Household Size and Its Implications for the Identification of Economies of Scale," IZA Discussion Papers 3896, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
- J12 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics - - - Marriage; Marital Dissolution; Family Structure
- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
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