Some New Developments in Small Area Estimation



Small area estimation has received a lot of attention in recent years due to growing demand for reliable small area statistics. Traditional area-specific estimators may not provide adequate precision because sample sizes in small areas are seldom large enough. This makes it necessary to employ indirect estimators based on linking models. Basic area level and unit level models have been extensively studied in the literature to derive empirical best linear unbiased prediction (EBLUP), empirical Bayes (EB) and hierarchical Bayes (HB) small area estimators and associated measures of variability. In this paper, I will cover several important new developments related to model-based small area estimation.


Volume 2, Issue 2
November 2003
Pages 145-169
  • Receive Date: 23 July 2022
  • Revise Date: 25 May 2024
  • Accept Date: 23 July 2022