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Multiple comparisons with the best, with economic applications


  • William C. Horrace

    (Department of Economics, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA)

  • Peter Schmidt

    (Department of Economics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824, USA)


In this paper we discuss a statistical method called multiple comparisons with the best, or MCB. This paper is meant to introduce MCB to economists. We discuss possible uses of MCB in economics. The application that we treat in most detail is the construction of confidence intervals for inefficiency measures from stochastic frontier models with panel data. We also consider an application to the analysis of labour market wage gaps. Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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  • William C. Horrace & Peter Schmidt, 2000. "Multiple comparisons with the best, with economic applications," Journal of Applied Econometrics, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., vol. 15(1), pages 1-26.
  • Handle: RePEc:jae:japmet:v:15:y:2000:i:1:p:1-26

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