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Estimating features of a distribution from binomial data

  • Arthur Lewbel
  • Oliver Linton
  • D. L. McFadden

A statistical problem that arises in several fields is that of estimating the features of an unknown distribution, which may be conditioned on covariates, using a sample of binomial observations on whether draws from this distribution exceed threshold levels set by experimental design. Applications include bioassay and destructive duration analysis. The empirical application we consider is referendum contingent valuation in resource economics, where one is interested in features of the distribution of values (willingness to pay) placed by consumers on a public good such as endangered species. Sample consumers are asked whether they favor a referendum that would provide the good at a cost specified by experimental design. This paper provides estimators for moments and quantiles of the unknown distribution in this problem under both nonparametric and semiparametric specifications.

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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 4418.

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Length: 58 pages
Date of creation: Sep 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ehl:lserod:4418
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