Re: st: RE: marginal effect

 From Maarten buis To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: marginal effect Date Tue, 19 Feb 2008 15:15:12 +0000 (GMT)

```--- "Tamas Bartus (tbartus)" <tamas.bartus@uni-corvinus.hu> wrote:
> There is another difference between mfx and margeff: for continuous
> variabels, the former calculates marginal change, the latter discrete
> change. The unit of the discrete change is the unit of measurement of
> the variable.

Ah, I did not see that (I was still used to old -margeff-, which
computed the average marginal effect). I can now exactly reproduce the
results of -margeff-:

*----------------------- begin example -----------------------------
sysuse auto, clear
logit foreign mpg length

predict double xb if e(sample), xb
gen double mfx_mpg = (invlogit(xb + _b[mpg]) - ///
invlogit(xb - _b[mpg])) / 2
gen double mfx_length = (invlogit(xb + _b[length]) - ///
invlogit(xb - _b[length])) / 2

sum mfx*

margeff
*------------------------ end example -----------------------------
(For more on how to use examples I sent to the Statalist, see
http://home.fsw.vu.nl/m.buis/stata/exampleFAQ.html )

It might be an idea to add an option for average marginal effects. I
believe some economists are pretty fond of average marginal effects
(though, in the example in my previous post in this thread, the two
happened to be the same up to 4 digits...)

Thanks,
Maarten

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