The impact of covariate measurement error on quantile regression functions is investigated using a small variance approximation. The approximation shows how the error contaminated and error free quantile regression functions are related, a key factor being the distribution of the error free covariate. Exact calculations probe the accuracy of the approximation. The order of the approxiamtion error is unchanged if the error free covariate density is replaced by the error contaminated density. It is then possible to use the approximation to investigate the sensitivity of estimates to varying amounts of measurement error.
21 July 2001
Working Paper (CWP02/01)