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st: marginal effects

From   Maarten buis <>
To   stata list <>
Subject   st: marginal effects
Date   Mon, 9 Mar 2009 19:55:50 +0000 (GMT)

--- Mark W. Smith wrote to me privately:  
> Puneet Singhal's example uses a log link.  Do you think it would be best
> to specify "mfx, dyex" rather than "mfx"  (= "mfx, dydx")?   Suppose
>  that a regular regression model (no log link) can be written as
> y = x'B. 
> Of course dy/dx = B.
> In the GLM model with log link,
> E[y|x] = exp(x'B)
> and so dy/dx does not equal B. 
> This is why I worry that using "mfx" (= "mfx, dydx") is not correct for
> a model with a log link.

The point of -mfx- is to get effects that are not equal to B, exactly 
because of the mechanism you specify. So, -mfx, dydx- will produce the 
first derivative/slope/effect of the curve E[y|x] at the specified 
levels of x (by default the means if you don't specify the -at()- 
option). Therefore, I think that -mfx, dydx- is the correct 
specification for this situation.

Hope this helps,

Maarten L. Buis
Institut fuer Soziologie
Universitaet Tuebingen
Wilhelmstrasse 36
72074 Tuebingen


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