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Systematically Misclassified Binary Dependant Variables

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  • Vidhura Tennekoon
  • Robert Rosenman

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    (School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University)

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When a binary dependant variable is misclassified probit and logit estimates are biased and inconsistent. In this paper we suggest a conceptual basis for endogenous misclassification of the dependant variable due to systematic respondent bias and the use of Likert scales commonly used in measuring categorical variables. We develop an estimation approach that corrects for endogenous misclassification, validate our approach using a simulation study and apply it to the analysis of a treatment program designed to improve family dynamics. Our results show that endogenous misclassification could lead towards potentially incorrect conclusions unless corrected using an appropriate technique.

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Paper provided by School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University in its series Working Papers with number 2011-9.

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Length: 44 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2011
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Handle: RePEc:wsu:wpaper:rosenman-13

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Keywords: misclassification; response shift bias; Likert scale; treatment evaluation;

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  1. Vidhura Tennekoon & Robert Rosenman, 2013. "Bias in Measuring Smoking Behavior," Working Papers 2013-10, School of Economic Sciences, Washington State University.

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