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Approach to Analysis of Self-Selected Interval Data

  • Belyaev, Yuri


    (Centre of Biostochastics, SLU-Umeå)

  • Kriström, Bengt


    (CERE, SLU-Umeå and Umeå University)

We analyze an approach to quantitative information elicitation in surveys that includes many currently popular variants as special cases. Rather than asking the individual to state a point estimate or select between given brackets, the individual can self-select any interval of choice. We propose a new estimator for such interval censored data. It can be viewed as an extension of Turnbull's estimator (Turnbull(1976)) for interval censored data. A detailed empirical example is provided, using a survey on the valuation of a public good. We estimate survival functions based on a Weibull and a mixed Weibull/exponential distribution and prove that a consistent maximum likelihood estimator exists and that its accuracy can be consistently estimated by re-sampling methods in these two families of distributions.

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Paper provided by CERE - the Center for Environmental and Resource Economics in its series CERE Working Papers with number 2010:2.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: 15 Feb 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:slucer:2010_002
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  1. van Exel, N.J.A. & Brouwer, W.B.F. & van den Berg, B. & Koopmanschap, M.A., 2006. "With a little help from an anchor: Discussion and evidence of anchoring effects in contingent valuation," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics (formerly The Journal of Socio-Economics), Elsevier, vol. 35(5), pages 836-853, October.
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