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General Structural Equations Week 2 #5 Different forms of constraints Introduction for models estimated in multiple groups

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2 Multiple Group Models (Hayduk: “Stacked” models) 1. Constraints on parameters 2. Running separate models in different groups 3. Applying equality constraints across groups

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3 Parameter constraints Technically, any “fixed” parameter is constrained. Trivially, b1=0 is a constraint Another constraint: b1=1 (e.g., reference indicator) or b1=-1 “Fixing” the variance of an error term (usually because only 1 single indicator available) var(e1) = 7.0

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4 Inequality constraints Can approximate an inequality constraint “manually” (check value, if –ve, “fix” it to some small +ve value) Or, can re-express model so error variance is now the square of a coefficient (see yesterday’s class) Inequality constrain may only be necessary “early” in the iteration process Parameter value Iteration Number 0

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5 Inequality constraints Programming: (e.g. LISREL)… there will still be an epsilon error… must fix the variance of this error to 0. Variance of Ksi-1 = what in earlier model had been variance of epsilon-1

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6 Inequality constraints The above model can be reformulated as: Note var(Ksi-1) = 1.0 (other y-var’s)

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7 Inequality constraints Note var(Ksi-1) = 1.0 VAR(Y1) = lambda-1 2 VAR(Eta-1) + lambda-2 2 (1.0) What used to be VAR(Ksi) = error variance for Y1 – is now contained in the expression lambda2 2. Note, however, that no matter what the value of lambda-2 is, the entire expression will be positive. In other words, it is impossible for the error variance to drop below 0.

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8 Inequality constraints In AMOS, instead of a 1 in the path from the error term to the manifest variable, use a parameter name, but fix the variance of the error to 1.0.

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9 Equality constraints in single group models This equality constraint in LISREL: EQ LY 2 1 LY 3 1 The constraint would only make sense if var(y2) = var(y3) To impose the constraint that LY 1 1 = LY 2 1, we would fix LY 2 1 to 1.0 (EQ LY 1 1 LY 2 1 would do this too)

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10 Equality constraints in the context of dummy variables X1 = Protestant X2 = Catholic X3 = Jewish X4 = Ref. All others (Atheist, Muslim, etc.) Tests of Prot vs. Catholic: b1=b2 (LISREL: EQ GA 1 1 GA 1 2 Test of Cath. vs. Jewish: b2=b3 (LISREL: EQ GA 1 2 GA 1 3 (Prot + Cath) vs. Jewish: Model 1: EQ GA 1 1 GA 1 2 Model 2: Above constraint, ADD: EQ GA 1 2 GA 1 3

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11 Equality constraints in the context of dummy variables X1 = Protestant X2 = Catholic X3 = Jewish X4 = Ref. All others (Atheist, Muslim, etc.) (Prot + Cath) vs. Jewish: Model 1: EQ GA 1 1 GA 1 2 Model 2: Above constraint, ADD: EQ GA 1 2 GA 1 3 Alternative, use LISREL “constraint” facility: CO GA 1 3 = GA(1,1)*0.5 + GA(1,2)*0.5 2b3 = b1 + b2 == can’t do this with AMOS

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12 More complex constraints when the software doesn’t seem to want to allow them: b1 = 2*b2 LISREL CO LY(2,1)=2*LY(3,1) AMOS only allows equality constraints

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13 More complex constraints when the software doesn’t seem to want to allow them: b1 = 2*b2 Fix variance to 1.0 New model: X3 = 2*b2LV1 + e3 Re-express as

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14 AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT (VIZ., MORE FREQUENTLY USED) FORM OF CONSTRAINT INVOLVES CONSTRAINING PARAMETERS ACROSS GROUPS Group 1 Group 2 Constraint: b1 group1 = b1 group2

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15 AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT (VIZ., MORE FREQUENTLY USED) FORM OF CONSTRAINT INVOLVES CONSTRAINING PARAMETERS ACROSS GROUPS What constitutes a group? Males, females (esp. in psychological research) Managers, workers (in management studies) Country (in any form of cross-national / cross- cultural research) City (in studies involving replications in a small number of cities, where cities are internally homogeneous but quite different from each other)

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16 AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT (VIZ., MORE FREQUENTLY USED) FORM OF CONSTRAINT INVOLVES CONSTRAINING PARAMETERS ACROSS GROUPS What constitutes a group? Males, females (esp. in psychological research) Managers, workers (in management studies) Country (in any form of cross-national / cross-cultural research) City (in studies involving replications in a small number of cities, where cities are internally homogeneous but quite different from each other) Firms (e.g., in business studies, a 10-firm study, with different firms from different sectors of the economy) Immigrant group

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17 AN EVEN MORE IMPORTANT (VIZ., MORE FREQUENTLY USED) FORM OF CONSTRAINT INVOLVES CONSTRAINING PARAMETERS ACROSS GROUPS Regression equivalences: X1: Male=1 Female=0 X2: continuous variables of the sort used in typical SEM models (e.g., edcation) Y = b0 + b1 X1 + b2 Educ we can handle this in the SEM frame by using a dummy variable for X1 Y = b0 + b1 X1 + b2 Educ + b3 (X1*Educ) we could handle this if Educ is single-indicator (manually construction interaction term) better way to deal with this: a multiple-group model

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18 A simple multiple-group example: males females Key question: b1(males) = b1(females)? Notation: H0: b1 [1] = b1 [2]

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19 Equivalences: Regression:X1=male/female X2 = Education Y = b0 + b1 X1 + b2 X2 + e SEM:Group 1Group 2 Eta1 = gamma1 Ksi1 + zetaEta1 = gamma1 Ksi + zeta Constraint:gamma1[1] = gamma1[2] Gamma1 in group 1 = Gamma1 in group 2 LISREL: EQ GA GA 2 1 1

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20 Equivalences: Regression:X1=male/female Male=1 Female=0 X2 = Education Y = b0 + b1 X1 + b2 X2 + b3 X1*X2 + e SEM:Group 1{male}Group 2 {female} Eta1 = gamma1 Ksi1 + zetaEta1 = gamma1 Ksi + zeta What is b3 above is the difference between gamma1[1] and gamma1[2] in SEM multiple-group model. [what is b2 in regression model is gamma1[2] (gamma1 in reference group] There is no equivalent to b1 in SEM framework we could run a “pooled” model with a gender dummy variable though

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21 Multiple Group Models Group 1 (male) Group 2 (female) Equivalence of measurement coefficients H 0 : Λ[1] = Λ[2] lambda 1 [1] = lambda 1 [2]df=2 lambda 2 [1] = lambda 2 [2]

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22 Multiple Group Models Other equivalence tests possible: 1.Equivalence of variances of latent variables H0: PSI-1[1] = PSI-1[2] This test will depend upon which ref. indicator used 2.Equivalence of error variances * H0: Theta-eps[1] = Theta-eps[2] {entire matrix} df=3*and covariances if there are correlated errors

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23 Multiple Group Models Measurement model equivalence does not imply same mean levels Measurement model for Group 1 can be identical to Group 2, yet the two groups can differ radically in terms of level. Example:Group 1Group 2 Load mean Load mean Always trust gov’t Govern. Corrupt Politicians don’t care (where 1=agree strongly through 10=disagree strongly)

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24 Multiple Group Models It is possible to have multiple group models with both common and unique items Example: Y1 Both countries: We should always trust our elected leaders Y2 Both countries: If my government told me to go to war, I’d go Y3 Both countries: We need more respect for government & authority Y4 (US): George Bush commands my respect because he is our President Y4 (Canada) Paul Martin commands my respect because he is our Prime Minister

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25 Multiple Group Models It is possible to have multiple group models with both common and unique items Example: Y1 Both countries: We should always trust our elected leaders Y2 Both countries: If my government told me to go to war, I’d go Y3 Both countries: We need more respect for government & authority Y4 (US): George Bush commands my respect because he is our President Y4 (Canada) Paul Martin commands my respect because he is our Prime Minister We might expect (if measurement equivalence holds): lambda1[1] = lambda1[2] lambda2[1] = lambda2[2] BUT lambda3[1] ≠ lambda3[2]

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26 Multiple Group Models Should be careful with the use of reference indicators (and/or sensitive to the fact that apparently non-equivalent models might appear to be so simply because of a single (reference) indicator Example: Group 1Group 2 Lambda-11.0*1.0* Lambda Lambda Lambda These two groups appear to have measurement models that are very different, but….

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27 Multiple Group Models Group 1Group 2 Lambda-11.0*1.0* Lambda Lambda Lambda These two groups appear to have measurement models that are very different, but…. If we change the reference indicator to Y2, we find: Gr 1Gr 2 Lambda Lambda21.0*1.0* Lambda Lambda

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28 Multiple Group Models Modification Indices and what they mean in multiple- group models Assuming LY[1] = LY[2] (entire matrix) Example: MODIFICATION INDICES: Group 1Group 2Eta 1 Y1---Y1--- Y2.382Y2.382 Y31.24Y31.24 Y445.23Y445.23

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29 Multiple Group Models Modification Indices and what they mean in multiple- group models Assuming LY[1] = LY[2] (entire matrix) Example: MODIFICATION INDICES: Group 1Group 2Eta 1 Y1---Y1--- Y2.382Y2.382 Y31.24Y31.24 Y445.23Y Improvement in chi- square if equality constraint released

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30 Multiple Group Models : Modification Indices MODIFICATIONGroup 1 Group 2 INDICESeta1 eta2 eta1 eta2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Tests equality constraint lambda5[1]=lambda5[2]

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31 Multiple Group Models : Modification Indices MODIFICATIONGroup 1 Group 2 INDICESeta1 eta2 eta1 eta2 Y Y Y Y Y Y Tests equality constraint lambda5[1]=lambda5[2] Wald test (MI) for adding parameter LY(3,3) to the model in group 2 only

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32 MULTIPLE GROUP MODELS: parameter significance tests When a parameter is constrained to equality across 2 (or more) groups, “pooled” significance test (more power) Possible to have a coefficient non-signif. In each of 2 groups yet significant when equality constraint imposed

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33 MULTIPLE GROUP MODELS: Modification Indices (again) Group 1 MOD INDICES Lambda Lambda Lambda Group 2 MOD INDICES Lambda Lambda Lambda Group 3 MOD INDICES Lambda Lambda Lambda Model: LY[1]=LY[2]=LY[3] Free LY(2,1) in group 3 but LY(2,1) in group 1 = LY(2,1) in group 2

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34 When do we have measurement equivalence STRONG equivalence: all matrices identical, all groups (might possibly exclude variance of LV’s from this … i.e., the PHI or PSI matrices) WEAKER equivalence (usually accepted) Lambda matices identical, all groups Theta matrices could be different (and probably are), either having the same form or not WEAKER YET: Lambda matrices have the same form, some identical coefficients

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35 Measurement coefficients, construct equation coefficients in multiple group models We usually need the measurement equation coefficients to be equivalent in order to proceed with comparison of construct equation coefficients

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36 Measurement coefficients, construct equation coefficients in multiple group models We usually need the measurement equation coefficients to be equivalent in order to proceed with comparison of construct equation coefficients For this reason, tests for measurement equivalence are usually not as rigorous as the “substantive” tests for construct equation coefficient equivalence (though instances of poor fit should be noted in any report of results)

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