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Measurement Error in Access to Markets

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  • Javier Escobal

    (GRADE)

  • Sonia Laszlo

    (McGill University)

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Studies in the microeconometric literature increasingly utilize distance to or time to reach markets or social services as determinants of economic issues. These studies typically use self-reported measures from survey data, often characterized by non-classical measurement error. This paper is the first validation study of access to markets data. New and unique data from Peru allow comparison of self-reported variables with scientifically calculated variables. We investigate the determinants of the deviation between imputed and self-reported data and show that it is non-classical and dependent on observable socio-economic variables. Our results suggest that studies using self-reported measures of access may be estimating biased effects.

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Paper provided by EconWPA in its series Development and Comp Systems with number 0503008.

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Length: 35 pages
Date of creation: 29 Mar 2005
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Handle: RePEc:wpa:wuwpdc:0503008

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