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st: RE: Multi-level modeling, PCA and wealth scores


From   Nanlesta Pilgrim <nanlesta@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: RE: Multi-level modeling, PCA and wealth scores
Date   Mon, 22 Aug 2011 15:28:19 -0400

Hello Statalist,

A colleague of mine asked for my help on the following and would be
most grateful for any recommendations you may offer.

"I have a question regarding creation of wealth measures. We are
trying to create a community level measure of wealth to be used in a
multi-level model. I have used the pca command (with household assets)
to create a pca score for each household. Now, I want to weight that
score at the household level and then just determine the mean
household factor load score for each county and save that value for
every household by county. Is that possible to do?- Is that even the
right thing to do for a multi-level model? Or do I just input the
weighted household level value and the multilevel commands
automatically generates a county-level score for this variable?"

With thanks!
Nanlesta
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