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st: Ordered Probit Interpretation

From   "Venkiteshwaran, Vinod" <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Ordered Probit Interpretation
Date   Fri, 26 Aug 2011 13:55:08 +0000

I am running an ordered probit model with pooled cross-sectional data. The ordered dependent variable, Y_it has 7 categories that sometimes change within each i. THe variable of interest is X_it. In the results X_it enters the model with a highly significant negative coefficient implying that the marginal effect of a change in X_it is that it reduces(increases) the probability of the highest(lowest) category of Y_it. 

I then transformed the Y_it variable into changes and ranked the changes, Y*_it. That is if the change is upward, downward or no change, where the order is 3,2 and 1 respectively. I re-run my ordered probit model with Y*_it as my dependent variable and the same X_it. In this model X_it no longer has a significant coefficient. Econometrically how should this insignificance be interpreted?

A note about my dataset and the X_it variable; I have a panel of firms across twenty years where each firm also belongs to a specific industry, j. The X_it variable is actually constant for each j,t. That is all firms within an industry-year have the same X_it.

Dr.Vinod Venkiteshwaran
Assistant Professor of Finance
OCNR 352, College of Business
Texas A&M University
Corpus Christi TX 78412
Ph: 361-825-3619

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