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# Re: st: random sampling matching the characteristics of the sample

 From Andrea Rispoli To statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu Subject Re: st: random sampling matching the characteristics of the sample Date Thu, 3 May 2012 11:01:24 +0100

```Thank you all very much for getting back to me! Unfortunately the rev
does not provide much details.
Based on your suggestions, I have now identified the command pscore
and psmatch2 to use propensity scores.

A brief follow up question: when I use pscore, I end up with a certain
number of blocks, satosfying the balancing property.
If I understood correctly the intuition behind this method, I shall
select now some blocks of firms where the distribution of x is more
balanced and that have high pscore and see whether my analysis hold in
those groups. Is this correct? Or is there another method to chose the
blocks to use?
Thank you again!

On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 2:54 PM, David Hoaglin <dchoaglin@gmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Andrea,
>
> Did the reviewer explain the reason for wanting a sample of the x=0
> observations that is comparable in size to the x=1 observations?  As
> others have commented, you would mainly sacrifice precision, so that
> looks like a mistake.  It is not unheard of for a reviewer to have a
> misunderstanding.  The consensus is that you should not subsample.
>
> Samples that are "representative" of the x=0 data and the x=1 data may
> well not match on age and size.  Those differences are part of what
> the coefficients of age and size are similar in the x=0 data and the
> x=1 data (e.g., by fitting a model that allows separate coefficients
> in the two subgroups --- that is, an interaction between x and age and
> an interaction between x and size).  Might that be what the reviewer
>
> David Hoaglin
>
> On Tue, May 1, 2012 at 4:22 AM, Andrea Rispoli <andrea.rspl@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dear Stan,
>> Thank you. This is the request of a reviewer. Would you recommend that
>> I simply chose a random sample?
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