This paper deals with nonparametric estimation of the upper boundary of a mul- tivariate support under monotonicity constraint. This estimation problem arises in various contexts such as efficiency and frontier analysis in econometrics and portfolio management. The traditional estimators based on envelopment techniques are very non-robust. To reduce this defect, previous works have rather concentrated on esti- mation of a concept of a partial frontier of order alpha ∈ (0, 1) lying near the full support boundary. However the resulting sample estimator is a discontinuous curve and suffers from a lack of efficiency due to the large variation of the extreme observations involved in its construction. A smoothed-kernel variant of this empirical estimator may be then preferable as shown recently in the econometric literature, but no attention was de- voted to the limit distribution of the smoothed alpha-frontier when it estimates the true full boundary itself. In this paper, we address this problem by specifying the different limit laws of this estimator for fixed orders alpha ∈ (0, 1] as well as for sequences alpha depending on n tending to one at different rates as the sample size n goes to infinity.
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