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Local Multiplicative Bias Correction For Asymmetric Kernel Density Estimators

  • Matthias Hagmann
  • Olivier Scaillet

We consider semiparametric asymmetric kernel density estimators when the unknown density has support on [0, ¥). We provide a unifying framework which contains asymmetric kernel versions of several semiparametric density estimators considered previously in the literature. This framework allows us to use popular parametric models in a nonparametric fashion and yields estimators which are robust to misspecification. We further develop a specification test to determine if a density belongs to a particular parametric family. The proposed estimators outperform rival non- and semiparametric estimators in finite samples and are simple to implement. We provide applications to loss data from a large Swiss health insurer and Brazilian income data.

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Paper provided by Royal Economic Society in its series Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2004 with number 25.

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