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Re: st: Finite population correction with clustering of SE at a different level than the strata

From   Steve Samuels <>
Subject   Re: st: Finite population correction with clustering of SE at a different level than the strata
Date   Sun, 10 Jun 2012 22:18:58 -0400

I should have added: In Stata, you can do the randomization version of any test with -permute-.  Among the tests to consider are the two-sample t-test or a rank test like -kwallis-.   You can compute the CI for a parameter by inverting the test as discussed (briefly) at With 23 villages per group, you will probably need to simulate the p-values for each parameter, and that web page recommends 10,000 replicates for high precision. Also  Roger Newson's -somersd- (from SSC) will compute CIs for Hodges-Lehmean median difference (which is not the same as the difference in medians).


Inference can also be based on the treatment randomization (e.g., no superpopulation needed. Randomization-based hypothesis tests would be done on village-level estimates, and confidence intervals calculated by inverting the tests.  

There is, of course, extra information about individual households that can be mined. The village-to-village contamination that Ole reports is a problem for which I have no advice. 


On Jun 6, 2012, at 7:00 AM, Ole Dahl Rasmussen wrote:

Dear Austin

Thanks for your response. Let me try to clarify.

I'm running a randomized trial. 23 villages do not get treatment. So there's not complete correlation between interested and treatment. 23 villages do get treatment, which is an offer to participate in a microfinance intervention. Interest was elicited in all village prior to randomization. The regression is supposed to give the intent-to-treat estimate and I could IV for the effect of treatment on the treated, except that I have contamination.


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