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Re: st: RE: to suppress non significant coefficient


From   Richard Williams <richardwilliams.ndu@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: RE: to suppress non significant coefficient
Date   Tue, 04 Oct 2011 12:25:12 -0500

At 11:01 AM 10/4/2011, Jörg Eulenberger wrote:

A good point. Thanks for your suggestion.
Jörg


Am 04.10.2011 15:28, schrieb Nick Cox:
> Even if you feel it makes sense, how do you know all your readers will agree?

I agree that dropping insignificant coefficients is a dubious idea. Having said that, esttab does have a drop option that lets you manually specify coefficients to drop. I think the drop option makes more sense when, say, you are suppressing all the coefficients for the control variables, as is apparently the custom in some fields.

In general, I would say that if you don't think the insignificant coefficients should be shown, then you ought to re-estimate the model with those variables dropped. Otherwise your results can be misleading.


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