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Journal Article

Hypothesis Testing and Multiplicative Interaction Terms

Bear F. Braumoeller
International Organization
Vol. 58, No. 4 (Autumn, 2004), pp. 807-820
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3877804
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

When a statistical equation incorporates a multiplicative term in an attempt to model interaction effects, the statistical significance of the lower-order coefficients is largely useless for the typical purposes of hypothesis testing. This fact remains largely unappreciated in political science, however. This brief article explains this point, provides examples, and offers some suggestions for more meaningful interpretation.

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