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Adjusting economic estimates in business surveys


  • M. D. Ugarte
  • A. F. Militino
  • T. Goicoa


Statistics for small areas within larger regions are recently required for many economic variables. However, when adding the estimates of the small areas within the larger regions, the results do not match up to those obtained with the appropriate estimator originally derived for the larger region. To avoid discrepancies between estimates benchmarking methods are commonly used in practice. In this paper, we discuss the suitability of using a restricted predictor versus a traditional direct calibrated estimator. The results are illustrated with the 2000 Business Survey of the Basque Country, Spain.

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  • M. D. Ugarte & A. F. Militino & T. Goicoa, 2008. "Adjusting economic estimates in business surveys," Journal of Applied Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 35(11), pages 1253-1265.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:japsta:v:35:y:2008:i:11:p:1253-1265
    DOI: 10.1080/02664760802319709

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    1. Militino, A.F. & Goicoa, T. & Ugarte, M.D., 2012. "Estimating the percentage of food expenditure in small areas using bias-corrected P-spline based estimators," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 56(10), pages 2934-2948.


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