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Some Empirical Evidence on the Impact of Measurement Errors in Making Ecological Inferences


  • Cho, Wendy K. T.
  • Judge, George G.


We seek to identify the impact of data measurement error problems in the context of ecological inference applications. We explore the statistical and substantive implications of using inaccurate proxy variables in the estimation and inference process. The focus of our analysis is on applications of ecological inference in cases involving the Voting Rights Act. We demonstrate our findings with a unique data set on racial registration and turnout in Louisiana and South Carolina.

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  • Cho, Wendy K. T. & Judge, George G., 2003. "Some Empirical Evidence on the Impact of Measurement Errors in Making Ecological Inferences," Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley, Working Paper Series qt1kt537r4, Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics, UC Berkeley.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:agrebk:qt1kt537r4

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    1. Tülin Erdem, 1996. "A Dynamic Analysis of Market Structure Based on Panel Data," Marketing Science, INFORMS, vol. 15(4), pages 359-378.
    2. Ian J. Bateman & Guy D. Garrod & Julii S. Brainard & Andrew A. Lovett, 1996. "Measurement Issues In The Travel Cost Method: A Geographical Information Systems Approach," Journal of Agricultural Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 47(1-4), pages 191-205.
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