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

  • Mark Trede

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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Volume (Year): 9 (2002)
Issue (Month): 1 (December)
Pages: 261-282

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jeczfn:v:9:y:2002:i:1:p:261-282
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