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st: RE: continuous dependent variable with lots of zeros

From   "Giovanni Vecchi" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: RE: continuous dependent variable with lots of zeros
Date   Fri, 29 Nov 2002 16:01:51 +0100

Have you checked the tobit model?

See Ch. 20 in Greene's textbook (I am referring to the 4th edition).
A simple introduction to tobit models can also be found in Wooldridge's
"Introductory Econometrics", ch. 17 (2nd edition).

Hope it helps.


Giovanni VECCHI
Dipartimento di Economia e Istituzioni
UniversitÓ di Roma "Tor Vergata"
Via Columbia, 2
00133 Roma

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-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of julio estevez
Sent: giovedý 28 novembre 2002 19.25
Subject: st: continuous dependent variable with lots of zeros

Dear Stata listers:

I am running a regression in which my dependent
variable is continuous but it has big chunk of zeros.
I know that the variable is not truncated or censored
in any way so OLS should be the correct estimator.

However this type of estimation will run into problems
because the resulting residuals will typically not be
"well-baheved" (there are grossly non-normal)

Any Idea on how to proceed? When the dependent
variable is 0/1 or ordinal there are some procedures
available (zero-inflated estimators) but I have not
found anything when the dependent variable is

thanks for the help!


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