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A New Measure of Fit for Equations with Dichotomous Dependent Variables


  • Estrella, Arturo


The econometrics literature contains many alternative measures of goodness of fit, roughly analogous to R-squared, for use with equations with dichotomous dependent variables. There is, however, no consensus as to the measures' relative merits or about which ones should be reported in empirical work. This article proposes a new measure that possesses several useful properties that the other measures lack. The new measure may be interpreted intuitively in a similar way to R-squared in the linear regression context.

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  • Estrella, Arturo, 1998. "A New Measure of Fit for Equations with Dichotomous Dependent Variables," Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, American Statistical Association, vol. 16(2), pages 198-205, April.
  • Handle: RePEc:bes:jnlbes:v:16:y:1998:i:2:p:198-205

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