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st: Easy estimation methods for discrete-time duration models

From   "Stephen P. Jenkins" <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Easy estimation methods for discrete-time duration models
Date   Thu, 2 Dec 2010 10:33:58 -0000

Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:50:40 +0100
From: "Modena, Francesca" <>
Subject: st: Easy estimation methods for discrete-time duration models

Dear all,
I estimated a discrete time duration model using the easy eastimation
method (Jenkins, 1995).
I reorganized the data set (converting the unit of analysis) and then
I estimated the logit model.
In order to compute the marginal effects, may I use the mfx (or
prchange) command as in the standard logit model?
Francesca Modena
University of Trento, Department of Economics

The poster could have said the article is: "Easy estimation methods
for discrete-time duration models", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and
Statistics, 57(1) February 1995, 129?138.

My main reaction to the Question posed is: which marginal effect? On
the hazard? [If so, you can use standard tools of the sort you cite --
but also see -margins-.]  Arguably, it's more interesting to look at
impacts on statistics such as the median duration -- which can be
derived from the hazard. There is no canned routine out there for
this, but calculations are relatively straightforward using -predict-.

Historical note. The OBES article's main claim to fame, if any, is
showing that the trick of "data expansion step followed by fitting
using a binary regression program" also maximizes the right likelihood
for the case when there are left-truncated (and possibly
right-censored) survival times. Although the logit model was cited in
my old paper, you can use others. The -cloglog- has particular
attractions, given its link with proportional hazards models (see the
URL below signature). Of course, the 'easy estimation' method assumes
no frailty (a.k.a. unobserved heterogeneity) -- if that is present,
life isn't so easy.

Professor Stephen P. Jenkins <>
Institute for Social and Economic Research
University of Essex, Colchester CO4 3SQ, U.K.
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