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Information theoretic methods in small domain estimation


  • Rosa Bernardini Papalia
  • Esteban Fernandez-Vazquez


Small area estimation techniques are becoming increasingly used in survey applications to provide estimates for local areas of interest. The objective of this article is to develop and apply Information Theoretic (IT)-based formulations to estimate small area business and trade statistics. More specifically, we propose a Generalized Maximum Entropy (GME) approach to the problem of small area estimation that exploits auxiliary information relating to other known variables on the population and adjusts for consistency and additivity. The GME formulations, combining information from the sample together with out-of-sample aggregates of the population of interest, can be particularly useful in the context of small area estimation, for both direct and model-based estimators, since they do not require strong distributional assumptions on the disturbances. The performance of the proposed IT formulations is illustrated through real and simulated datasets.

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  • Rosa Bernardini Papalia & Esteban Fernandez-Vazquez, 2018. "Information theoretic methods in small domain estimation," Econometric Reviews, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 37(4), pages 347-359, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:emetrv:v:37:y:2018:i:4:p:347-359
    DOI: 10.1080/07474938.2015.1092834

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    1. Golan, Amos, 2008. "Information and Entropy Econometrics — A Review and Synthesis," Foundations and Trends(R) in Econometrics, now publishers, vol. 2(1–2), pages 1-145, February.
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