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# Re: st: Significance of adjusted Heckman estimates

 From Barbara Engels To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: Significance of adjusted Heckman estimates Date Sun, 12 May 2013 12:41:08 +0200

```Dear Sina,

as far as I know, the second stage output of the Heckman command yields the estimated coefficients for the whole population, taking account of the censoring in the data, just as you mentioned.

However, I am also interested in the estimated coefficients and hence the output variable conditional on selection. That is why I use the inverse Mills ratio to calculate the adjusted coefficients. However, I don't know how to check if these coefficients are significant.

Any ideas on this?

Cheers,
Barbara

On 10.05.2013, at 17:11, Ghotbi, Sina wrote:

> Dear Barbara,
>
> I have worked with Heckman models, but I am not sure if I fully understand your concern.
>
> As far as I know, when you run a Heckman model in the idea world, the coefficient reported in the second stage (not selection) are already 'adjusted' for selection bias, and the standard errors are already reported as well.
>
> Let me know if I am missing the point of your question.
> cheers,
> Sina
>
> On 2013-05-10, at 2:51 AM, Barbara Engels wrote:
>
>> Dear Statalisters,
>>
>> I am estimating a two-step Heckman selection model (using Stata 10). The adjusted coefficients are calculated according to
>>
>> heckman  dep  indep, twostep select(select=indep exlcusionrestriction) mills(mills)
>>
>> predict select_xb, psel
>>
>> gen delta = mills*(mills + select_xb)
>>
>> gen b_indep1 = [dep]_b[indep1] - ([blfp]_b[indep1]*e(rho)*e(sigma)*delta)
>>
>> ci b_indep1
>>
>> However, I don't know if this adjusted coefficient is statistically significant . indep1 appears both in the regression and in the seleciton equation, being significant in the regression and insignificant in the selection equation.
>>
>>
>> How can I tell if the adjusted coefficient on indep1 is statistically significant?
>>
>>
>> Any help is greatly appreciated!
>>
>> Cheers,
>>
>> Barbara
>>
>>
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