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st: interpretation of latent class model results


From   "Simona Rasciute" <S.Rasciute@lboro.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: interpretation of latent class model results
Date   Thu, 29 May 2008 20:08:53 +0100

Hello,

I would like to ask you a question regarding the interpretation of the latent class model results. Usually in discrete choice models the magnitude of the estimated parameters is not informative and elasticities have to be estimated for continuous variables and marginal effects for dummy variables. Does that mean that in the latent class model the coefficients for different classes cannot be compared (the willingness to pay is not applicable in my model)? For example, if one of the classes has the highest coefficent for a particular variables I can conclude that the group is more responsive to that variable than other groups. The latent class model does not estimate elasticities and marginal effects for each latent class separatelly and aggregate results are not of much help. Could you please tell me what is the best way to analyse the results of the latent class model.

I appreciate your help.

Kind Regards,
Simona
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