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finding the right tone [was: Re: st: Oaxaca decomposition for Tobit]


From   Maarten buis <maartenbuis@yahoo.co.uk>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   finding the right tone [was: Re: st: Oaxaca decomposition for Tobit]
Date   Tue, 18 Jan 2011 08:49:04 +0000 (GMT)

Each list has it's own standards as to what tone is considered
appropriate. On the statalist the tone tends to be rather mild
(compared to other technical lists), especially personal 
attacks are not appreciated. The statement that "He is making 
outlandish claims on how to do this but he is not expert in 
this field", is getting uncomfortably close to that mark. 
Refrasing that senstence as "In that article he is making 
claims on how to do that that are too strong" would have helped
al lot. By adding "In that article" you would be making a 
distinction between the person, which cannot be touched on this 
list, and his professional output, which is fair game on this 
list.

Putting that asside, the fact that experts do not do so, is not 
a valid argument. Experts also make mistakes. The fact that 
many experts do not do that, is still not an argument. You'd be 
surprised how many mistakes get coppied by other experts. The 
real argument is the argument used by those experts. In that 
sense the first two sentences of your post were enough to make 
your point. You could have elaborated a bit on that, maybe 
illustrated it with example analyses using -oaxaca-, and than
this would have been a really nice post.

-- Maarten

--- On Mon, 17/1/11, FARIDA HUSNA wrote:
> You are not supposed to report for each variable.  They
> are unstable and not worth looking.  The experts in the
> field of discrimination - Blau, Oaxaca, Cotten, Blinder,
> Neumark, Khan, Polachek, Reimer, Goldin, O Neill - do not
> report them.
> 
> The output created by "oaxaca.ado" is useless.  It was
> written by Ben Jann.  He is making outlandish claims on
> how to do this but he is not expert in this field. 
> "nldecompose.ado" is by Sinning, Hahn, and Bauer.  Two of
> them are active researchers in the filed of gender
> discrimination.  You should go back to "nldecompose.ado"

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

http://www.maartenbuis.nl
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