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The Consequences of Non-Classical Measurement Error for Distributional Analysis

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  • D. O'Neill

    (Department of Economics, Maynooth, Ireland)

  • Sweetman. O.
  • Van de gaer D.

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This paper analyzes the consequences of non-classical measurement error for distributional analysis. We show that for a popular set of distributions negative correlation between the measurement error (u) and the true value (y) may reduce the bias in the estimated distribution at every value of y. For other distributions the impact of non-classical measurement di¤ers throughout the support of the distribution. We illustrate the practical importance of these results using models of unemployment duration and income.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting, National University of Ireland - Maynooth in its series Economics, Finance and Accounting Department Working Paper Series with number n1490205.

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Length: 11 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2005
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Handle: RePEc:may:mayecw:n1490205

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Keywords: Distribution functions; Non-classical measurement error;

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  1. Donal O’Neill & Olive Sweetman & Dirk Van de gaer, 2007. "The effects of measurement error and omitted variables when using transition matrices to measure intergenerational mobility," Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer, vol. 5(2), pages 159-178, August.

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