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Re: st: Estimating firm level data on regional level data using a within estimator.


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Estimating firm level data on regional level data using a within estimator.
Date   Sun, 6 Jun 2010 05:45:03 -0700 (PDT)

--- On Sun, 6/6/10, John Antonakis wrote:
> Not including the fixed-effect would be a very fatal flaw
> to make

The assumption is no stronger than the one we make any time 
we type -regress-. I see the strenghts of fixed effects 
regression, but it is not the solution to all problems that
some people believe it is. So to call not using fixed effects
regression a "fatal flaw", is way too strong for my taste. 
A similar fixation sometimes occurs within medical sciences, 
who sometimes refuses to look at any estimate that isn't 
generated with a randomized experiment. The problem is that
in these cases the method becomes a more important part of
the argument than the data, thus forgetting what empirical
science is all about.

-- Maarten

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Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen
Germany

http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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