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Jacob Felson <felsonj@gmail.com> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard error depends on the inclusion of a control variable |

Date |
Wed, 5 Jan 2011 19:30:04 -0500 |

Justina, Thank you for your input. Is it improper to use the cluster command with only 4 nations? I will attempt #2. Jacob Felson On Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:20 PM, Justina Fischer <JFischer@diw.de> wrote: > Hi, > > just two caveats > > 1) Using cluster-option, you should have a decent number of clusters to > profit from its beneficial characteristics (Kit can probably highlight on > this). I guess 4 clusters is far from large.... > > 2) in cross-sectional micro data, I would use cluster-option when my > variable of interest varies only across countries, as standard errors are > then corrected for this. For example, this could be an institution, like > democracy > > > to your question: is z a vector of country-characteristics in your micro > model? That could possibly explain your finding... > > Justina > > > -----owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu schrieb: ----- > > An: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > Von: Jacob Felson <felsonj@gmail.com> > Gesendet von: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu > Datum: 06.01.2011 01:01AM > Thema: st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard > error depends on the inclusion of a control variable > > I wonder if anyone might be able to provide an explanation for the > following scenario. I'm wondering why the direction of the change in > a standard error affected by the use of the cluster command depends on > the whether another control variable is included. My inquiry is more > theoretical than practical, as I'm not wondering "what I should do" > but rather, simply "why is this happening?" Let me elaborate below. > > Consider the following variables: > > y, the dependent variable > x, the independent variable of greatest interest, which is moderately > correlated with y and with z > z, another independent variable, which is correlated with y at about 0.5. > > nation - the data was collected in 4 different nations by different > organizations. > > > I am examining the standard errors (SE) for the coefficient of > variable x from the following four models: > > 1. Regress y on x, without clustering on nation. > 2. Regress y on x, with clustering on nation. > > 3. Regress y on x and z without clustering on nation. > 4. Regress y on x and z with clustering on nation. > > > The SE of the coefficient for x is LARGER in model 2 than in model 1. > This suggests there is a positive intercluster correlation. That is, > the residuals are more similar to each other within nations than we > would expect by chance alone. I suppose there is a preponderance of > positive residuals in some nations and a preponderance of negative > residuals in other nations. > > The SE of the coefficient for x is SMALLER in model 4 than in model 3. > This suggests there is a negative intercluster correlation. That is, > the residuals are less similar to each other within nations than we > would expect by chance. > > > So the effect that clustering on nation has on the SE of x depends on > whether a third variable, z, is controlled. Why is this? > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ > > * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

**Follow-Ups**:**RE: st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard error depends on the inclusion of a control variable***From:*DE SOUZA Eric <eric.de_souza@coleurope.eu>

**Antwort: Re: st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard error depends on the inclusion of a control variable***From:*Justina Fischer <JFischer@diw.de>

**References**:**st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard error depends on the inclusion of a control variable***From:*Jacob Felson <felsonj@gmail.com>

**Antwort: st: Direction of the effect of the cluster command on the standard error depends on the inclusion of a control variable***From:*Justina Fischer <JFischer@diw.de>

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