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Nonparametric Estimation of a Polarization Measure

  • Gordon Anderson

    (University of Toronto)

  • Oliver Linton

    (London School of Economics)

  • Yoon-Jae Whang

    (Seoul National University)

This paper develops methodology for nonparametric estimation of a polarization measure due to Anderson (2004) and Anderson, Ge, and Leo (2006) based on kernel estimation techniques. We give the asymptotic distribution theory of our estimator, which in some cases is nonstandard due to a boundary value problem. We also propose a method for conducting inference based on estimation of unknown quantities in the limiting distribution and show that our method yields consistent inference in all cases we consider. We investigate the finite sample properties of our methods by simulation methods. We give an application to the study of polarization within China in recent years.

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Paper provided by Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University in its series Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers with number 1714.

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Length: 48 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:cwl:cwldpp:1714
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