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Is it different for zeros? Discriminating between models for non-negative data with many zeros

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  • Joao Santos Silva Santos Silva

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Silvana Tenreyro

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies)

  • Frank Windmeijer

    (Institute for Fiscal Studies and University of Bristol)

Abstract

In many economic applications, the variate of interest is non-negative and its distribution is characterized by a mass-point at zero and a long right-tail. Many regression strategies have been proposed to deal with data of this type. Although there has been a long debate in the literature on the appropriateness of different models, formal statistical tests to choose between the competing specifications, or to assess the validity of the preferred model, are not often used in practice. In this paper we propose a novel and simple regression-based specification test that can be used to test these models against each other.

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  • Joao Santos Silva Santos Silva & Silvana Tenreyro & Frank Windmeijer, 2010. "Is it different for zeros? Discriminating between models for non-negative data with many zeros," CeMMAP working papers CWP20/10, Centre for Microdata Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies.
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