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Re: st: Poisson or ordered logit/probit

From   Richard Williams <>
Subject   Re: st: Poisson or ordered logit/probit
Date   Sat, 21 Jan 2006 18:06:32 -0500

At 05:35 PM 1/21/2006, Tinna wrote:
Dear Statalisters,

If my dependent variable isn't really a COUNT measure, but an ordinal
measure of something else (in my case self assessed health status),
can I still use the Poisson estimation? What are the cons of don't
that? Why is e.g. ordinal logit or ordinal probit better?

You're not counting anything (e.g. number of times they were happy) so I don't think you could justify poisson. ologit or oprobit would probably be most appropriate. Or, if the assumptions of those methods are violated, you might try out gologit2 or mlogit or slogit. Long & Freese's book is good for going over these different methods:

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