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st: standard errors under compound marginal effects

From   "Tim Burnett (ECO)" <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: standard errors under compound marginal effects
Date   Mon, 12 Nov 2012 18:28:49 +0000

Dear all,

I have a probit model where I am seeking to understand the compound marginal effect of a change in TWO independent (non-interacting) rhs variables. 

The command:

margins, dydx(a) at(b=3 c=4 d=5) - obviously gives the marginal effect and standard error of a change in 'a'


margins, dydx(e) at(b=3 c=4 d=5) - gives the marginal effect and standard error of a change in 'e'

And because the variables enter into the probit independently then the total marginal effect is simply the sum of the above BUT is there a way to easily calculate the compound standard error? Although independently the change in each variable may be significant, I need to know if they cancel each other out...

I hope this makes sense.



Tim Burnett
PhD Researcher
Department of Economics & ESRC Centre for Competition Policy
University of East Anglia

Phone: +44 (0) 7793 116 522
Skype: timb318
From: [] on behalf of []
Sent: 12 November 2012 16:46
Subject: Re: st: Extracting numbers from code

Hi Nick.
Thank you for your reply.
That is indeed very useful code - thank you. I have tried it with one
of my questions which have less than 9 items and it works great!
The only real problem of identification is really with the number 1 -
which occurs in 1, 10 and 11.
I never have a question with more than 11 items.
Can you think of any way of any way around this?
Thanks a ton for your help.
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