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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.23, No.2, 2007. pp. 223237

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Finite Population Small Area Interval Estimation

Abstract:
Small area interval estimation is considered for a finite population, where the small area parameters are treated as fixed constants. Design based direct estimation yields intervals that are too long to be useful. Model based approaches are considered. The design based area-specific coverages are uncontrollable. We propose to use population-specific simultaneous coverage as the basis for evaluating the small area confidence intervals. Wage survey and census household data are used for illustration.

Keywords:
Design based coverage, random effects mixed model, bootstrap calibration

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