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Abstract for:

Estimating Welfare Indices: Household Weights and Sample Design, (published in Research on Economic Inequality, vol. 9 (2002), pp. 147-172).

Frank A Cowell,  Stephen P Jenkins,  June 2000
Paper No' DARP 048: Full paper (pdf)
Tags: welfare index; inequality; poverty; sample; inference


The techniques of simple random sampling are seldom appropriate in the empirical analysis of income distributions. Various types of weighting schemes are usually required either from the point of view of welfare-economic considerations (the mapping of household/family distributions into individual distributions) or from the point of view of sample design. The different types of weights have different implications for the sampling distribution of estimators of welfare indices.