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Problems with SWIID: the case of South Africa

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The Standardized World Income Inequality Database (SWIID) provides estimates of inequality for South Africa for 1965 which are simply not plausible. Indeed the entire 95 % confidence interval is outside the plausible range. An examination of this case suggests that the SWIID’s promise to capture the “noise” associated with any estimate is unlikely to be warranted. The procedures will provide accurate confidence intervals only in cases where the original measurements are unbiased and the imputation model is reasonable. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

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  • Martin Wittenberg, 2015. "Problems with SWIID: the case of South Africa," The Journal of Economic Inequality, Springer;Society for the Study of Economic Inequality, vol. 13(4), pages 673-677, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jecinq:v:13:y:2015:i:4:p:673-677
    DOI: 10.1007/s10888-015-9306-2
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