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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.17, No.3, 2001. pp. 391406

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Estimation of the Rates and Composition of Employment in Norwegian Municipalities

Abstract:
A multivariate shrinkage method is applied to estimate the municipality-level statistics about the employment status of adult Norwegian residents in 1990. It can be motivated as borrowing strength across municipalities and components of the vector of estimated percentages. The gains in precision of the method over sample (naive) estimation are discussed and related to the municipality-level heterogeneity. A general approach to validation of the method is illustrated and a more comprehensive application of the method outlined.

Keywords:
Between-area variation; employment status; municipalities in Norway; shrinkage estimation; small area estimation.

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