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Re: st: when your sample is the entire population

From   Daniel Wilde <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: when your sample is the entire population
Date   Fri, 18 Jan 2008 18:24:13 +0000


I can't answer this. But I would like to make an additional point. Surely this has always been commonplace in macro-data. When you do a cross-country regression of economic growth and investment for example, you have nearly every country, but all the papers I've seen still report the standard statistics (p-values etc) Why is this? Are they inferring that we have sampled all existing countries from a population of all the countries that could have potentially existed? I'm not sure I'm that I'm convinced by such logic.



--On 18 January 2008 09:59 -0800 Lloyd Dumont <[email protected]> wrote:

Hello, everyone.  I am facing a statistical
"challenge" that must be commonplace as microdata
becomes more and more accessible.  I have been
estimating  models using xtreg, as I have people
coming and going monthly over about a two year period.
 Some estimates significant, others not.

But, if the people in the "sample" are the entire
population that I am inferring to, conventional
measures of significance seem inapprpriate.  But, I
have never read any social science that presents
regression estimates, and then says something along
the lines of, "These are what they are.  Significance
doesn't apply here."

-Am I roughly correct?
-Is there some other measure of "certainty" that might
be informative in these situations?
-Is there a name for this type of "sample" or
estimation issue?  Googling it has been a real
challenge, though there must be lots of
writing/commenting on this matter.

Thanks for your thoughts.  Lloyd Dumont

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