## Required Packages & Data

Load all the required packages we will use (note I have installed them already into the cloud project) by running (clicking the green play button) the chunk below:

library(tidyverse) # your friend and mine
library(broom) # for tidy regression
library(modelsummary) # for nice regression tables
library(car) # for F-test

We are returning to the speeding tickets data that we began to explore in R Practice 4.1 on Multivariate Regression and R Practice 4.3 on Categorical Data nad Interactions. Download and read in (read_csv) the data below.

# read in data from url
mutate_at(c("Black", "Hispanic", "Female", "OutTown", "OutState"), factor) %>%
filter(Amount > 0)

This data comes from a paper by Makowsky and Strattman (2009) that we will examine later. Even though state law sets a formula for tickets based on how fast a person was driving, police officers in practice often deviate from that formula. This dataset includes information on all traffic stops. An amount for the fine is given only for observations in which the police officer decided to assess a fine. There are a number of variables in this dataset, but the one’s we’ll look at are:

Variable Description
Amount Amount of fine (in dollars) assessed for speeding
Age Age of speeding driver (in years)
MPHover Miles per hour over the speed limit
Black Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was black, $$=0$$ if not
Hispanic Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was Hispanic, $$=0$$ if not
Female Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was female, $$=0$$ if not
OutTown Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was not from local town, $$=0$$ if not
OutState Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was not from local state, $$=0$$ if not
StatePol Dummy $$=1$$ if driver was stopped by State Police, $$=0$$ if stopped by other (local)

We want to explore who gets fines, and how much. We’ll come back to the other variables (which are categorical) in this dataset in later lessons.

## Question 1

Run a regression of Amount on Age. Write out the estimated regression equation, and interpret the coefficient on Age.

## Question 2

Is the effect of Age on Amount nonlinear? Let’s run a quadratic regression.

### Part A

Create a new variable for $$Age^2$$. Then run a quadratic regression:

$\widehat{\text{Amount}}_i=\beta_0+\beta_1 \, \text{Age}_i+\beta_2 \, \text{Age}_i^2$

### Part B

Try running the same regression using the alternate notation: lm(Y ~ X + I(X^2)), replacing X and Y with our variables. This method allows you to run a quadratric regression without having to create a new variable first. Do you get the same results?

### Part C

Write out the estimated regression equation.

### Part D

Is this model an improvement from the linear model? Compared $$\bar{R}^2$$.

### Part E

Is the coefficient on the quadratic term statistically significantly different from zero? i.e. could we reject $$H_0: \beta_2$$?

### Part F

Write an equation for the marginal effect of Age on Amount.

### Part G

Predict the marginal effect on Amount of being one year older when you are 18. How about when you are 40?

### Part H

Our quadratic function is a $$U$$-shape. According to the model, at what age is the amount of the fine minimized?

### Part I

Create a scatterplot between Amount (y) and Age (x). Add a layer with a linear regression (as usual, geom_smooth(method = "lm")), and an additional layer of with the predicted quadratic regression curve. This additional layer is similar but we need to specify the formula of the curve to be quadratic:

### Part J

It’s quite hard to see the quadratic curve with all those data points. Redo another plot and this time, only keep the quadratic geom_smooth() layer and leave out the geom_point() layer. This will only plot the regression curve.

## Question 3

Should we use a higher-order polynomial equation? Run the following cubic regression, and determine whether it is necessary.

$\widehat{\text{Amount}}_i = \beta_0 + \beta_1 \, \text{Age}_i + \beta_2 \, \text{Age}_i^2 + \beta_3 \, \text{Age}_i^3$

## Question 4

Run an $$F$$-test to check if a nonlinear model is appropriate. Use the car package’s linearHypothesis() command, which looks like:

linearHypothesis(reg_name, # name of your saved regression object
c("var1", "var2")) # name of the variables you are testing

Your null hypothesis is $$H_0: \beta_2=\beta_3=0$$ from the regression in question 4. The command is

## Question5

Now let’s take a look at speed (MPHover the speed limit).

### Part A

Creating new variables as necessary, run a linear-log model of Amount on MPHover. Write down the estimated regression equation, and interpret the coefficient on MPHover $$(\hat{\beta_1})$$. Make a scatterplot with the regression line. Hint: The simple geom_smooth(method = "lm") layer is sufficient, so long as you use the right variables on the plot!

### Part B

Creating new variables as necessary, run a log-linear model of Amount on MPHover. Write down the estimated regression equation, and interpret the coefficient on MPHover $$(\hat{\beta_1})$$. Make a scatterplot with the regression line. Hint: The simple geom_smooth(method = "lm") is sufficient, so long as you use the right variables on the plot!

### Part C

Creating new variables as necessary, run a log-log model of Amount on MPHover. Write down the estimated regression equation, and interpret the coefficient on MPHover $$(\hat{\beta_1})$$. Make a scatterplot with the regression line. Hint: The simple geom_smooth(method = "lm") is sufficient, so long as you use the right variables on the plot!

### Part D

Which of the three log models has the best fit? Hint: Check $$R^2$$

## Question 6

Return to the quadratic model from Question 3. Run a quadratic regression of Amount on Age, Age$$^2$$, MPHover, and all of the race dummy variables. Test the null hypothesis: “the race of the driver has no effect on Amount”

## Question 7

Now let’s try standardizing variables. Let’s try running a regression of Amount on Age and MPHover, but standardizing each variable.

### Part A

Create new standardized variables for Amount, Age, and MPHover:

### Part B

Run a regression of standardized Amount_Z on standardized Age_Z and MPHover_Z. Interpret $$\hat{\beta_1}$$ and $$\hat{\beta_2}$$. Which variable has a bigger effect on Amount?