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Re: st: AW: AW: Creating a variable taking the value of elasticity

From   Dorothy Bridges <>
Subject   Re: st: AW: AW: Creating a variable taking the value of elasticity
Date   Tue, 8 Sep 2009 11:10:17 -0400

Thanks so much, everyone, that answers my question.  (And thanks Roger
for pointing me to the helpful package).  I have one last question: I
am trying to understand the "elasticity" of a health indicator with
respect to GDP (that is, how does a marginal increase in GDP affect
the health indicator?).  If I regress ln(healthindicator) on ln(gdp),
is the coefficient on ln(gdp) an appropriate way of measuring this
elasticity?  I realize this is more of an econometrics question than a
Stata question, but everyone has been so helpful I thought I'd might
as well ask.

Thanks again,

On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:52 AM, Austin Nichols<> wrote:
> Dorothy Bridges<>:
> The linear model and the log-log model make very different assumptions
> about the data-generating process, so you should not expect to get the
> same estimates from them.  -mfx- after a linear model in particular
> will give approximate estimates that are very questionable--note that
> if the true model is
> y=Xb+e
> then the elasticity of y with respect to x (a variable, or column of
> X) will vary as x varies.
> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:32 AM, Dorothy Bridges<> wrote:
>   I still
>> don't see, then, how mfx, eyex gives me a value different than the
>> coefficient on lnx in regress lny lnx.  Thanks again for all your
>> thoughts.
>> On Tue, Sep 8, 2009 at 10:20 AM, Maarten buis<> wrote:
>>> --- On Tue, 8/9/09, Dorothy Bridges wrote:
>>>> But what I don't understand is: the second method
>>>> (using mfx, eyex) gives me a different value than
>>>> the first method (storing the coefficient on x
>>>> from *regress lny lnx*).  Why?
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