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Relative distribution methods in Stata


  • Ben Jann

    () (ETH Zurich)


The concept of the relative density seems like a fruitful nonparametric approach to studying distributional differences between groups (Handcock and Morris 1999), yet it appears that the technique has gone more or less unnoticed in applied social science research. A scarcity of canned software might be one of the reasons the method is underutilized. Therefore, I present a new Stata command called reldist to plot the relative density, decompose distributional differences into location and shape effects, and compute relative distribution summary measures. The command is illustrated by an application comparing earnings by sex.

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  • Ben Jann, 2008. "Relative distribution methods in Stata," German Stata Users' Group Meetings 2008 01, Stata Users Group.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:dsug08:01

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    1. João Sousa Andrade & Adelaide Duarte & Marta Simões, 2010. "The impact of EU integration on the Portuguese distribution of employees' earnings," GEMF Working Papers 2010-08, GEMF, Faculty of Economics, University of Coimbra.

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