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RE: st: Disentangle unobserved state effect


From   "Gao Liu" <gao.liu@gmail.com>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Disentangle unobserved state effect
Date   Thu, 2 Aug 2007 20:22:25 -0400

Thank you, folks. Your suggestions have been very helpful. 

I like the idea of adding important state-wide variables, although some may
still argue that some state-wide effects may never be observed but have
significant impacts.

Again, thanks

Gao 



-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Maarten buis
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 5:49 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: Re: st: Disentangle unobserved state effect

--- "Gao Liu" <gao.liu@gmail.com> 08/01/07 10:40 PM >>>
> > the results of the impact of these policies on school districts may
> > capture some unobserved state-wide effects. 

--- Mansour Farahani <mfarahan@hsph.harvard.edu> wrote:
> If you can add to your model some variables at state level that
> affect your dependent variable, say level of poverty, average income,
> Gini, or the like, then you can probably have a better estimates of
> your policy effects. 

This is actually my favourite way of dealing with unobserved effects:
just observe them. I am serious (though I like the pun), especially
economists seem to be totally obsessed with everything they haven't
observed, start building all kinds of models around it, critisize the
assumptions of other models (preferable made by other persons from
other universities), even make the estimates of the unobserved effects
the main feature of the analysis, and thus forget everything the have
observed. 

-- Maarten

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Department of Social Research Methodology
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
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1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

visiting address:
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+31 20 5986715

http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/
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