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Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com> |

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Subject |
Re: st: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model |

Date |
Mon, 30 Jan 2012 13:38:28 +0100 |

On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 1:16 PM, Erik Aadland wrote: > 1. The example at the bottom of the FAQ tests for H0: coeff1 >= coeff2. Is it possible to test for H0: coeff1 > coeff2? If so, how? No, a null hypothesis must always contain an equal sign. > 2. Following the suggested example in the FAQ, I first run: > > test new-old = 0 > > To calculate the appropriate p-value after having performed the Wald-test, I then run: > > local sign_new = sign(_b[new]- _b[old]) > display "H0: new coeff >= old coeff. p-value = " normal(`sign_new'*sqrt(r(chi2))) > > If the resulting p-value is larger than .05 (e.g if it is .233), I interpret this such that I cannot reject the H0. In other words, I conclude that coeff_new is >= than coeff_old. > > The second question is: Is this the correct interpretation of the test? Almost. The interpretation is correct until the statement " I conclude that coeff_new is >= than coeff_old". You can only say that there is insufficient evidence to reject it. Remember that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence. It could just mean, and in all likelihood that is exactly the case, that your sample is just too small to detect that effect. Also consider David's comment <http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/2012-01/msg01134.html> that these parameters are effects after adjusting for the other variables. If both old and new are just different ways of measuring the same concept than that would be a big problem: What does it mean when you say "a unit change in a measurement of variable x leads to b units change in y while keeping another measure of the same variable x constant"? Hope this helps, Maarten -------------------------- Maarten L. Buis Institut fuer Soziologie Universitaet Tuebingen Wilhelmstrasse 36 72074 Tuebingen Germany http://www.maartenbuis.nl -------------------------- * * 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: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model***From:*"Lachenbruch, Peter" <Peter.Lachenbruch@oregonstate.edu>

**RE: st: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model***From:*Erik Aadland <erikaadland@hotmail.com>

**References**:**st: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model***From:*Erik Aadland <erikaadland@hotmail.com>

**Re: st: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model***From:*Maarten Buis <maartenlbuis@gmail.com>

**RE: st: Testing the extent of difference between two coefficients in the same model***From:*Erik Aadland <erikaadland@hotmail.com>

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