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Estimating welfare indices : household weights and sample design

  • Frank Cowell
  • Stephen P Jenkins

The techniques of simple random sampling are seldom appropriate in the empirical analysis of income distributions. Various types of weighting schemes are usually required either from the point of view of welfare-economic considerations (the mapping of household/family distributions into individual distributions) or from the point of view of sample design. The different types of weights have different implications for the sampling distribution of estimators of welfare indices.

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Paper provided by London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library in its series LSE Research Online Documents on Economics with number 2160.

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Length: 21 pages
Date of creation: Jun 2000
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:2160
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