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Re: st: imputing continuous values when respondents select categories, e.g., income category


From   Richard Williams <Richard.A.Williams.5@ND.edu>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>, "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: imputing continuous values when respondents select categories, e.g., income category
Date   Fri, 24 Apr 2009 07:22:26 -0500

At 05:33 PM 4/23/2009, Alan Acock wrote:
This is a question for an econometrician or anybody else who has a good way to estimate a continuous value for income when respondents select a category, such as 0-5000, 5001 - 9999, 10000 - 25,000, etc. Note categories

Alan, can you clarify the question a bit?  Do you mean

(a) you want to impute values when income is missing
(b) data are not missing but you want to substitute a value within the given range, e.g. if they are in the range 0-5000 you want to plug in values like 3289, 4163, etc.

Also, is income a dependent or independent variable? If dependent, you might consider intreg.

I think the variety of answers so far reflects the fact that different people have interpreted your question differently.


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