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Re: st: 3-level model for crime victimization


From   "JVerkuilen (Gmail)" <jvverkuilen@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: 3-level model for crime victimization
Date   Tue, 25 Sep 2012 11:45:40 -0400

On Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 9:41 AM, Erik Alda <erik.alda@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Statalisters
>
> I am running a, so far, 2 level model on crime victimization using a survey
> of 8 neighborhoods in a large city in Brazil. The firs level is individual
> level predictors and the second level is neighborhood level predictors.
> Since the survey is not representative of the whole municipality, would I be
> able to include a 3rd level with citywide variables to estimate the effect
> of policy?

I don't see why you can't include it though your level 3 N is somewhat
small. As long as the sample sizes per neighborhood aren't reasonably
even it should run OK, though. The fact that the survey isn't
representative is a study limitation and affects what conclusions you
can draw from it, but that's separate from whether there's level 3
heterogeneity in the sample you do have. In some cases having the
external generalizability of a a representative sample is mandatory.
In other case it's not.


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JVVerkuilen, PhD
jvverkuilen@gmail.com

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