Analysis Details

Here's what I did in STATA to get what I got:

HM assumed that R-square was a good measure of the fit of their model. There is no evidence suggesting that they looked at their residuals. The classification table from HM's analysis shows that their model predicted no cases living below the POVERTY level--their cases of interest--correctly. This raises questions about the three-variable model used throughout the book.

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