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Re: st: helped with fixed effects logit

From   "R.E. De Hoyos" <>
To   <>
Subject   Re: st: helped with fixed effects logit
Date   Wed, 8 Mar 2006 00:15:54 -0000


In order to estimate a -clogit- model you can think about the crisis behaviour (dependent variable) as being a function of "attributes" of the possible outcomes. I assume your dependent variable (DV) takes 2 (or more) values in discrete form, say crisis versus no crisis. Assuming your DV takes two values, then for each country (this will be the variable identifying -groups- in the -clogit- syntax, after the -reshape- suggested by Austin) you will have two possible values (crisis vs. no crisis) with one of them being the observed outcome. -clogit- then tries to explain the observed outcome in terms of "attributes" of the possible outcomes and "observed characteristics" of the countries. Unless you have a time dimension capturing transitions into and out of "democratic governments" , the democratic status of a country will be taken as a "characteristic" of the country rather than attributes of the outcomes.

I hope this helps,

----- Original Message ----- From: "Michael Horowitz" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 8:38 PM
Subject: Re: st: helped with fixed effects logit

They are not rare.  I am familiar with the relogit stuff.

On Tue, 7 Mar 2006, Clive Nicholas wrote:

Michael Horowitz:

> I have a paper where I am examining the impact of democracy on crisis
> behavior. I need to estimate a fixed effects or conditional logit > model
> but I am not sure how.
> The data is set up dyadically, meaning each observation has data on the
> crisis and data for state A in the crisis and state B in the crisis
> Here is the functional form of the logistic regression I have run
> logit DV democstateA democstateB control1 control2 control3 control4
> I need to estimate a fixed effects model to control for the impact of
> specific countries. I know that I need to use conditional logit to
> control for unmeasured heterogeneity.
> But I am not sure how to do it. Specifically, in the clogit setup, it
> should look like:
> clogit DV democstateA democstateB control1 control2 control3 control4,
> group(????).
> What I am unclear about is what goes in the parentheses. If anyone > could
> assist, I would very much appreciate it. I apologize for asking such a
> basic question.

Stepping aside from -clogit-, are your events rare or not? If they are,
then you may want to consider Gary King and Langche Zeng's -relogit- which
you can download by going to

net from

Hope that helps.

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turning up to your funeral will be largely determined by local weather

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