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Bootstrapping inequality measures under the null hypothesis: Is it worth the effort?

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This paper discusses methods of statistical inference for inequality measures, in particular the nonparametric bootstrap. Standard resampling techniques and a new method for nonparametric resampling under the null hypothesis are discussed. Monte-Carlo simulations show that some bootstrap methods outperform the commonly used normal approximation while other bootstrap methods—including those which are used in most empirical applications—are hardly any better. Copyright Springer-Verlag 2002

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  • Mark Trede, 2002. "Bootstrapping inequality measures under the null hypothesis: Is it worth the effort?," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 77(1), pages 261-282, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:77:y:2002:i:1:p:261-282
    DOI: 10.1007/BF03052507
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    Keywords

    Statistical Inference; Resampling; Bootstrap; C12; D31; D63;
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    JEL classification:

    • C12 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Hypothesis Testing: General
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement

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