Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.22, No.3, 2006. pp. 565584

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Variances in Repeated Weighting with an Application to the Dutch Labour Force Survey

In the past few years, Statistics Netherlands has been implementing the repeated weighting estimator in its regular estimation process. This estimator ensures numerical consistency among tables estimated from different surveys. Especially when the tables have some variables in common, this approach appears to be very useful. After a concise summary of the repeated weighting procedure, this article gives the variance formulas for the repeated weighting estimator. It concludes with an example from the Dutch Labour Force Survey. The variance estimator for this example is discussed and the results of a simulation study testing the accuracy of this estimator are presented.

Combining registers and surveys, numerically consistent tables, recalibration, regression estimators, superresiduals, variance estimation

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