Hypothesis Testing and Multiplicative Interaction Terms

Year
2004
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Braumoeller, Bear F.
Source
International Organization, 58(4): 807-820, 2004
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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.