- Ordinal probit with heteroskedastic errors
- Linear constraints
- Test of homoskedastic errors
- Support for Bayesian estimation
- Robust, cluster–robust, and bootstrap standard errors
- Predicted probabilities and more, in- and out-of-sample

Ordinal variables are categorical and ordered, such as poor, fair, good,
very good, and excellent. One way to think about ordered variables is that
the categories represent ranges of an unobserved continuous variable *z*.
The mapping might be

poorz≤ -1.72 fair -1.72 <z≤ -0.93 good -0.93 <z≤ -0.02 very good -0.02 <z≤ 0.89 excellent 0.89 < z

Perhaps the categories are for overall health.

If *z* were distributed normal with mean 0 and standard deviation 1,
the above would be an ordered probit model. It would correspond to 4% of
subjects reporting poor, 13% reporting fair, and so on.

Stata would fit this model if you used its ordered probit command
**oprobit** and typed

.oprobit health

You could instead specify a linear function for *z* in terms of
**age**, **bmi**, and **i.exercise** by typing

.oprobit health age bmi i.exercise

The fitted model might be

z= -0.0083*age- 0.0469*bmi+ 0.5596*i.exercise

and the corresponding mapping be

poorz≤ -3.30 fair -3.30 <z≤ -2.39 good -2.39 <z≤ -1.39 very good -1.39 <z≤ -0.38 excellent 0.89 < z

It would, however, be reasonable to assume that health status varies more
as age increases; Stata's new **hetoprobit** command can handle that.
You would type

.hetoprobit health age bmi i.exercise, het(age)

We have data from the *2015 Eating & Health Module* of the American
Time Use Survey (ATUS) of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If we type
the above command with these data, the result is

.hetoprobit health age bmi i.exercise, het(age)Fitting cutpoints-only heteroskedastic model: Iteration 0: log likelihood = -2905.7943 Iteration 1: log likelihood = -2898.4819 Iteration 2: log likelihood = -2897.9184 Iteration 3: log likelihood = -2897.9167 Iteration 4: log likelihood = -2897.9167 Fitting ordered probit model: Iteration 0: log likelihood = -2905.7943 Iteration 1: log likelihood = -2717.2752 Iteration 2: log likelihood = -2716.9679 Iteration 3: log likelihood = -2716.9679 Fitting full model: Iteration 0: log likelihood = -2716.9679 Iteration 1: log likelihood = -2710.6282 Iteration 2: log likelihood = -2710.2321 Iteration 3: log likelihood = -2710.231 Iteration 4: log likelihood = -2710.231 Heteroskedastic ordered probit regression Number of obs = 2,009 LR chi2(3) = 375.37 Log likelihood = -2710.231 Prob > chi2 = 0.0000

health | Coef. Std. Err. z P>|z| [95% Conf. Interval] | |

health | ||

age | -.0088414 .0016631 -5.32 0.000 -.012101 -.0055817 | |

bmi | -.0585007 .0058617 -9.98 0.000 -.0699893 -.047012 | |

exercise | ||

yes | .6892342 .0729718 9.45 0.000 .546212 .8322563 | |

lnsigma | ||

age | .0042449 .0011597 3.66 0.000 .0019719 .0065179 | |

/cut1 | -4.063604 .2892444 -4.630512 -3.496695 | |

/cut2 | -2.902873 .2249795 -3.343825 -2.461922 | |

/cut3 | -1.645604 .1777954 -1.994077 -1.297132 | |

/cut4 | -.4148757 .15937 -.7272352 -.1025162 | |

The result is

z= -0.0088*age- 0.0585*bmi+ 0.6892*i.exercise

with corresponding mapping

poorz≤ -4.06 fair -4.06 <z≤ -2.90 good -2.90 <z≤ -1.65 very good -1.65 <z≤ -0.41 excellent -0.41 < z

These results account for the possible increased variation (heteroskedasticity) due to age.

Is there such heteroskedasticity? There is according to the output
**chi2(1) = 13.47**.

Does it make a difference? Let's compare coefficients with those we
previously calculated using **oprobit**:

z= -0.0083*age- 0.0469*bmi+ 0.5596*i.exercise(orig.)z= -0.0088*age- 0.0585*bmi+ 0.6892*i.exercise(adj)

The effect of **i.exercise** has changed, although perhaps not significantly.

Here is a graph of the predicted probability of very good or excellent health against body mass index.

.predict pr* // predicted Pr(each outcome)(optionprassumed; predicted probabilities) (107 missing values generated) .generate pr45 = pr4 + pr5 // Pr(very good or better)(107 missing values generated) .graph twoway scatter pr45 bmi, ytitle("Pr(very good or better health)") title("Effect of BMI on predicted probability")

Does the division into distinct groups surprise you? It did us. It turns out that the top group exercises and the lower group does not.

Read more about heteroskedastic ordered probit models in the *Stata Base Reference Manual*; see [R] hetoprobit.