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Nonparametric estimation of a polarization measure

Anderson, Gordon and Linton, Oliver and Whang, Yoon-Jae (2009) Nonparametric estimation of a polarization measure. Econometrics Papers, EM/2009/534. Suntory Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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This paper develops methodology for nonparametric estimation of a polarization measure due to Anderson (2004) and Anderson, Ge, and Leo (2006) based on kernel estimation techniques. We give the asymptotic distribution theory of our estimator, which in some cases is nonstandard due to a boundary value problem. We also propose a method for conducting inference based on estimation of unknown quantities in the limiting distribution and show that our method yields consistent inference in all cases we consider. We investigate the finite sample properties of our methods by simulation methods. We give an application to the study of polarization within China in recent years.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 the authors
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2009 16:05
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 09:27

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