Well-Posedness of Measurement Error Models for Self-Reported Data
AbstractIt is widely admitted that the inverse problem of estimating the distribution of a latent variable X* from an observed sample of X, a contaminated measurement of X*, is ill-posed. This paper shows that a property of self-reporting errors, observed from validation studies, is that the probability of reporting the truth is nonzero conditional on the true values, and furthermore, this property implies that measurement error models for self-reporting data are in fact well-posed. We also illustrate that the classical measurement error models may in fact be conditionally well-posed given prior information on the distribution of the latent variable X*.
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- An, Yonghong & Hu, Yingyao, 2012. "Well-posedness of measurement error models for self-reported data," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, vol. 168(2), pages 259-269.
- Yonghong An & Yingyao Hu, 2009. "Well-posedness of measurement error models for self-reported data," CeMMAP working papers CWP35/09, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
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