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Re: st: Fwd: Comparing marginal effects of two subsamples

From   Jianhong Chen <>
Subject   Re: st: Fwd: Comparing marginal effects of two subsamples
Date   Mon, 24 Oct 2011 11:33:58 -0400

Hi, Maarten

Thank you very much for your response. They are very helpful. I really
appreciate it. I have a following question about reporting.

First, I used nbreg, dv iv moderator iv*moderator, the coefficient of
interaction terms in results section is 0.81. Then, I used nbreg, dv
iv moderator iv* moderator, irr; the IRR of interaction terms in the
results section is 1.20. Both is significant (p=0.023).

So when I report the results in the table, I will use IRR, not coef,
(1.20, not 0.81), right? Do you have a published paper who also used
the same approach for my reference?

Thanks again


On Mon, Oct 24, 2011 at 4:12 AM, Maarten Buis <> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM, Jianhong Chen wrote:
>> Thank you very much for your response. I read your article on Stata
>> Journal and I think you are completely right.  Just to make sure that
>> I understand right, are the exponentiated coefficients you mentioned
>> the same coefficients which I can get after runing negative binomial
>> model?
> The magic option is -irr-, just as I did in the example I posted earlier.
>> Also, since the reviewers require that we should compare marginal
>> effect, we have no chance to avoid that and we plan to use the
>> marginal effects as supplemental analysis, not main analysis. Do you
>> have any idea to do t-test of marginal effects of two subsample?
> Typically, my response to the reviewer would be something like:
> "We agree with the reviewer that a substantive interpretation of the
> parameters would improve the article. We have chosen to do so in the
> form of rate ratios rather than marginal effects as that way we avoid
> the problem that correct marginal effects of interaction terms tend to
> be so variable across individuals that a one number summary, like a
> mean marginal effect, is hard to justify (Ai and Norton 2003)."
> Hope this helps,
> Maarten
> Ai, C., and E. Norton. 2003. Interaction terms in logit and probit
> models. Economics Letters 80: 123–129
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> Universitaet Tuebingen
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