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st: time-dependence and serial correlation in event history models

From   Thomas Schmeling <>
Subject   st: time-dependence and serial correlation in event history models
Date   Tue, 12 Aug 2003 14:32:27 -0400

My apologies if anyone gets this twice, but I sent the original more than
24 hours ago and it hasn't shown up yet...

I am running an event history analysis, using logit.  The unit of analysis
is the 50 United States and an observation is taken for each state for a
period of 50 months.   I am estimating the probability that a state will
experience an event, so a state is censored once the event occurs.

One of my predictors is the cumulative number (or a function of that
number) of states that has previously experienced the event.  I am concered
about time dependence and serial correlation (does the effect I find
persist if I control for these?)

I can see three ways of doing this:
1) use robust standard errors for the logit estimation
2) Include a time-counter as one of the predictor variables
3) use the "cluster" option to cluster observations by state.
It appears that "cluster" implies robust SEs, but 2 and 3 are still
separate optins.

I am unclear about which of these to use, and whether it makes any sense to
use more than one of them at the same time.

Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.

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