# Re: st: RE: Mincer wage function as a log function - how can stata calculate the percent values

 From bumbuminc To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: RE: Mincer wage function as a log function - how can stata calculate the percent values Date Wed, 29 Oct 2008 13:26:23 +0100

```Ok, thank you.
In the moment i am trying it with the standard "reg" command, like:

*-------------------- begin example ---------------
sysuse nlsw88, clear
gen ttl_exp2 = ttl_exp^2
gen wage_log = ln(wage)
*--------------------- end example ----------------
At first, I calculate the logarithm of the wage because i want to
minimize anomalies.

A multivariate analysis via odd ratios is then a better resolution, i
presume, or?

2008/10/29, Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>:
>
>> I mean
>>
>> Badi Baltagi wrote 2002 in "Econometrics" Page 84:  In the
>> multivariate analyses,the variable wage per hour are a  log function.
>> With these semi-log regression, the coefficient can in an exponential
>> equation [exp(b)-1]  interpret the covariate over the dependent
>> variable as an percental effect.
>
> In the example I gave you earlier you will be able to make a statement
> like the the hourly wage changes by a factor of 1.08 for a year
> increase in education. This, obviously implies an 8% increase. In my
> particular sub-sub-discipline people are used to interpreting odds
> ratios, which have a very similar "factor change" interpretation, so I
> won't bother with subtracting 1, and multiplying by 100. Whether that
> works in your sub-sub-discipline is up to you.
>
> -- Maarten
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