Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/150877
Authors: 
Huschka, Denis
Wagner, Gert G.
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 332
Abstract: 
The German Socio Economic Panel Study (SOEP) offers the rare opportunity to look at patterns of given names amongst a representative sample of more than 50,000 people born since 1900. This article develops an exemplary picture of typical frequency distributions for given names and their developments over time. In this paper, we first discuss the advantages and limitations of various data bases which have been widely used to study the distribution of given names. Second, we address the problem that name distributions are typically characterized by a "Large Number of Rare Events" (LNRE) zone. With regard to this, we focus our attention on the difficulties associated with comparing name distributions. Third, we apply some measures of the concentration of distributions from other lines of research (economics and computational linguistics). Finally, we stress the problem of the statistical significance of differences in name distributions based on samples.
Subjects: 
Given names
large number of rare events (LNRE)
concentration of distributions
SOEP
JEL: 
C49
C83
Y8
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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