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st: radical change in t-stat, sign and significance


From   Fabio Zona <fabio.zona@unibocconi.it>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: radical change in t-stat, sign and significance
Date   Fri, 1 Apr 2011 19:59:22 +0200 (CEST)

Dear all,

I have a regression (zero inflated negative binomial): when I include the linear predictor alone (without its square term), the coefficient of this linear predictor is negative and significant.
However, when I introduce the square term of the same predictor: a) the linear one changes its sign, becomes positive, and it is still significant; b) the square term gets a negative sign and is signficant.

Is this radical change in sign and significance of the linear coefficient a signal of some problems in the model?

the collin command says I have no prob lem of multicollinearity

thanks

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