Welfare measurement and measurement error


Chesher, Andrew and Schluter, Christian (2002) Welfare measurement and measurement error. Review of Economic Studies, 69, (2), 357-378. (doi:10.1111/1467-937X.00209).

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Original Publication URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-937X.00209

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The approximate effects of measurement error on a variety of measures of inequality and poverty are derived. They are shown to depend on the measurement error variance and functionals of the error–contaminated income distribution, but not on the form of the measurement error distribution, and to be accurate within a rich class of error–free income distributions and measurement error distributions. The functionals of the error–contaminated income distribution that approximate the measurement error induced distortions can be estimated. So it is possible to investigate the sensitivity of welfare measures to alternative amounts of measurement error and, when an estimate of the measurement error variance is available, to calculate corrected welfare measures. The methods are illustrated in an application using Indonesian household expenditure data.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0034-6527 (print)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Social Sciences > Economics
ePrint ID: 33354
Date Deposited: 15 May 2006
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:20
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/33354

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