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st: cmp-module and changing results

From   "U.G. Narloch" <>
Subject   st: cmp-module and changing results
Date   28 Oct 2008 12:44:08 +0000

Dear Statalist-users,

I have a question concerning the use of the the cmp-command in STATA 9.2.

I have the following mixed model:
y1 = x1 + y2 + y3 + y4 + y5
y2 = x2 + y6
y3 = x3 + y7
y4 = x4 + y8
y5 = x5
y6 = x6
y7 = x7
y8 = x8

Some exogenous explaining variables are used in several equations while 
others are only included in one equation (i.e. x1 = x11 + x12 and x2 = x21 
+ x22 while x11 = x21 ). y1 is a dummy and should be estimated within a 
probit model, whereas y2-y8 are estimated by OLS.

I have problems to make the model converge, so that I run the following 
command: cmp (y1 = x1 + y2 + y3 + y4 + y5)(y2 = x2 + y6 )(y3 = x3 + y7) (y4 
= x4 + y8) (y5 = x5) (y6 = x6) (y7 = x7) (y8 = x8), ind(4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1) 
nonrtol tech(dfp nr).

Doing so I obtain results that vary significantly from each other when I 
only change one of the exogenous explaining variables (in total there are 
more than 20 different exogenous explaining variables included in this 
model). So it happens that in one specification I get very reasonable 
results (with a couple of variables having the expected significant signs), 
while in another (slightly changed) specification most of the explaining 
variables turn to be insignificant.

Do anyone has any idea, what is going on? May it be linked to a relatively 
small sample size (445 households)?

I would appreciate your feedback!

Thanks a lot,
Ulf Narloch

PhD Candidate
Department of Land Economy
19 Silver Street

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