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    To lag (vt)

    I have a question about to lag (vt).

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    We lagged all independent variables.

    Does it means that all independent variables will change from time t to t+1, or will change from time t to t-1 instead?

    According to the meaning of "independent variables", it should mean these independent variables should change from time t to t-1, but it confuses me that whether to lag something means to make something earlier, or to make something after instead.

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    Re: To lag (vt)

    Quote Originally Posted by kwshiu View Post
    I have a question about to lag (vt).

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    We lagged all independent variables.

    Does it means that all independent variables will change from time t to t+1, or will change from time t to t-1 instead?

    According to the meaning of "independent variables", it should mean these independent variables should change from time t to t-1, but it confuses me that whether to lag something means to make something earlier, or to make something after instead.
    It doesn't make sense. Please give correct information in your profile.

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    Re: To lag (vt)

    The is from a journal paper:
    Ahuja, G., Polidoro, F., & Mitchell, W. 2009. Structural homophily or social asymmetry? The formation of alliances by poorly embedded firms. Strategic Management Journal, 30(9): 941-958.
    The sentence is in p.947, right column, 3rd paragraph

    I find this not sensible as well, but I have seen similar usage of the word "lag", to mean making something earlier, in other journal papers too.

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    Re: To lag (vt)

    t-1 seems more likely to me.

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    Re: To lag (vt)

    A reminder, kwshiu - you must ensure that your profile information is correct. You have said in your profile that your current location is the UK. Your IP address emanates from Hong Kong. Please correct your current location.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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