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Statistics in Transition New Series. Volume 21,
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.21307/stattrans-2020-022

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The paper is an attempt to trace some of the early developments of small area estimation. The basic papers such as the ones by Fay and Herriott (1979) and Battese, Harter and Fuller (1988) and their follow-ups are discussed in some details. Some of the current topics are also discussed.

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