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Re: st: binary mediation command

From   Maarten Buis <>
Subject   Re: st: binary mediation command
Date   Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:00:35 +0200

On Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 7:18 PM, Pina Valle wrote:
> I am trying to test mediation with a dichotomous outcome, and I have looked around and found a command in STATA called binary_mediation. However, there isn't really any indication in the notes I found on whether the mediation is significant.

Mediation/indirect effects is  a surprisingly complicated problem in
non-linear models like -logit-. Various solutions have been proposed,
and there is no consensus yet on which one is to be preferred for
which situation. See for example:

M. Sinning, M. Hahn, and T.K. Bauer (2008) "The Blinder-Oaxaca
decomposition for nonlinear regression models." The Stata Journal,
8(4): 480--492.

M.L. Buis (2010) "Direct and indirect effects in a logit model", The
Stata Journal, 10(1), pp. 11-29.

Karlson, K.B. and A. Holm (forthcomming): "Decomposing primary and
secondary effects: A new decomposition method". Research in
Stratification and Social Mobility.

All of these have implementations in Stata, type in Stata
respectively: -findit nldecompose-, -findit ldecomp-, and -findit

Hope this helps,

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