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Mismeasured Household Size and Its Implications for the Identification of Economies of Scale

  • Halliday, Timothy J.

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    (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

We consider the possibility that demographic variables are measured with errors which arise because household surveys measure demographic structures at a point-in-time, whereas household composition evolves throughout the survey period. We construct and estimate sharp bounds on household size and find that the degree of these measurement errors is non-trivial. However, while these errors have the potential to resolve the Deaton-Paxson paradox, they fail to do so.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3896.

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Length: 36 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2008
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Publication status: published in: Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 2010, 72 (2), 246-262
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3896
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