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Varianzschätzungen für den faktisch anonymisierten Mikrozensus / Variance Estimation for the Scientific Use File of the German Microcensus


  • Rendtel Ulrich

    () (Institut für Statistik und Mathematik, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften, J. W. Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Mertonstr. 17, D-60054 Frankfurt)

  • Schimpl-Neimanns Bernhard

    () (Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen (ZUMA), Abt. Mikrodaten, Postfach 122155, D-68072 Mannheim)


The scientific use file of the German Microcensus now provides sample information which enables its users to calculate the variance of population estimates. However, not all relevant information on clustering and stratification is at hand. A solution is presented which uses the information of the scientific use file in an efficient way and can be calculated by standard statistical software. Empirical examples are presented, which compare the obtained variance estimates with those presented by the German Statistical Office. We also investigate the behaviour of the linear regression of the design effect which is used as a simple device for variance estimation of the Microcensus.

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  • Rendtel Ulrich & Schimpl-Neimanns Bernhard, 2000. "Varianzschätzungen für den faktisch anonymisierten Mikrozensus / Variance Estimation for the Scientific Use File of the German Microcensus," Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbuecher fuer Nationaloekonomie und Statistik), De Gruyter, vol. 220(6), pages 759-776, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:jns:jbstat:v:220:y:2000:i:6:p:759-776

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