Beissel-Durrant, Gabriele and Skinner, Chris
Estimation of the Distribution of Hourly Pay from Household Survey Data: The Use of Missing Data Methods to Handle Measurement Error , Southampton, UK Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute 27pp.
(S3RI Methodology Working Papers, M04/08).
This paper considers the application of missing data methods to a measurement error problem arising in the estimation of the distribution of hourly pay in the United Kingdom, using data from the Labour Force Survey. Errors in the measurement of hourly pay lead to bias and the aim is to use auxiliary data, measured accurately for a subsample, to correct for this bias. Alternative point estimators are considered, based upon a variety of imputation and weighting approaches, including fractional imputation, nearest neighbour imputation, predictive mean matching and propensity score weighting. Properties of these point estimators are then compared both theoretically and by simulation. A fractional predictive mean matching imputation approach is advocated. It performs similarly to propensity score weighting, but displays slight advantages of robustness and efficiency.
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