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On parameters estimation procedures in multilevel models

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  • Pieralda FERRARI

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  • Nadia SOLARO

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We examine maximum likelihood estimation procedures in multilevel models re-latedto two-level hierarchically structured data. Usually, for fixed effects and variance com-ponentsestimation, multivariate normal distribution is assumed. Here we consider for randomeffects multivariate exponential power distribution (MEP), which represents one of the possiblegeneralizations of multivariate normal distribution. We examine robustness of maximum like-lihoodestimators under normal assumption when, indeed, random effects are MEP distributed. The study is conducted through MC simulation procedures

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  • Pieralda FERRARI & Nadia SOLARO, 2004. "On parameters estimation procedures in multilevel models," Departmental Working Papers 2004-20, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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    1. Pieralda FERRARI & Nadia SOLARO, 2004. "Robustezza delle procedure di stima dei parametri nei modelli multilivello," Departmental Working Papers 2004-19, Department of Economics, Management and Quantitative Methods at Università degli Studi di Milano.
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