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Re: st: exclusion restriction

Subject   Re: st: exclusion restriction
Date   Sun, 11 Apr 2010 08:50:19 +0200

Dear Austin,
Thank you very much for your answer.
However, that makes it even more difficult, if not impossible, to find an adequate instrument in the database...


Citando Austin Nichols <>:

Paula <>:
Yes, you have to tell a compelling story about why we should believe
the exclusion restriction, as it is not directly testable.  You should
also report the diagnostic output from a near-equivalent -ivreg2-
specification that corresponds to the linear probability model.

On Sat, Apr 10, 2010 at 10:34 AM,  <> wrote:
Dear Statalist,

I have estimated a bivariate probit using stata biprobit in order to analyse
the effect of care by a grandparent (GP) on the mother's probability to
work. However, I have not included in the GP equation a variable that is
related to GP care but uncorrelated with the error term in the outcome
equation, as would be advisable. I do not have many variables to choose from
and the only one that seems to come close is the fact that the father of the
mother (a grandfather, who is not necessarily the carer) is alive.

My doubts are:

I)                    If this variable  is  related to GP care but
uncorrelated with the error term in the outcome equation, do I have to
explain the logic of the relation, or is it sufficient that there is a

2)           What tests should I make to assess whether it is a good choice?
The tests that I've seen suggested are obtainable after IVreg, not after
biprobit, I think.

I am using Stata version 9.2.

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