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Estimation of marginal effects using margeff

Tamás Bartus

Stata Journal, 2005, vol. 5, issue 3, 309-329

Abstract: This article describes the user-written program margeff, which enables the fast estimation of (average) marginal effects. Besides describing the program, this article offers a new discussion of some problems that are related to computation of marginal effects. I will argue that (1) marginal effects computed at means are not good approximations of average marginal effects, computed as means of marginal effects evaluated at each observations, if some of the parameter estimates are large; (2) both average marginal effects and marginal effects computed at means might produce wrong estimates for dummies that are part of a set of indicator variables indicating different categories of a single underlying variable; and (3) the use of marginal effects computed at means is preferred if some of the regressors are mathematical transformations of other regressors. Copyright 2005 by StataCorp LP.

Keywords: margeff; mfx; average marginal effects; marginal effects at the mean; dummy variables; squared variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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