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Villas-Boas, SB, Fu, Q and Judge, G (2017)

Benford’s law and the FSD distribution of economic behavioral micro data

Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications Volume 486, pp. 711-719.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2017.05.093

Abstract: In this paper, we focus on the first significant digit (FSD) distribution of European micro income data and use information theoretic-entropy based methods to investigate the degree to which Benford’s FSD law is consistent with the nature of these economic behavioral systems. We demonstrate that Benford’s law is not an empirical phenomenon that occurs only in important distributions in physical statistics, but that it also arises in self-organizing dynamic economic behavioral systems. The empirical likelihood member of the minimum divergence-entropy family, is used to recover country based income FSD probability density functions and to demonstrate the implications of using a Benford prior reference distribution in economic behavioral system information recovery.

@article{, title = "Benford's law and the FSD distribution of economic behavioral micro data", journal = "Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications", volume = "486", pages = "711--719", year = "2017", issn = "0378-4371", doi = "", url = "", author = "Sofia B. Villas-Boas and Qiuzi Fu and George Judge", }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): Economics, Statistics