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Fifth North American Stata Users Group meeting

Beacon Hill Street
Dates: Monday and Tuesday, July 24–25, 2006
Organizers: Kit Baum,
Elizabeth Allred,
Rich Goldstein,
Venue: Longwood Galleria Conference Center
342 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5745
  Price Student price
Day 1: Users Group meeting $85 $35
Day 2: Invited presentations $100 $35
Both days: Users Group meeting and
Invited presentations
$150 $55
Day 1: Optional dinner (additional cost)
at The Elephant Walk
(French and Cambodian cuisine)
$35 $35
Register now
(Deadline: July 17, 2006)

Program announced

The fifth North American Stata Users Group meeting will be held on July 24–25, 2006, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the Longwood Galleria Conference Center.

The first day of the meeting, which will showcase user presentations, is being organized by a committee chaired by Kit Baum. The second day is being organized by StataCorp and will include several presentations, some by researchers and others by StataCorp staff. Details about accommodations and fees are available below.

Previous Stata Users Group meetings have been held in Boston (2001, 2003, 2004, 2005), Australia, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, and The Netherlands. Anyone interested in Stata, regardless of level of expertise or geographic location, is invited to attend. The meeting will include the ever-popular “Wishes and Grumbles” session where users make comments and suggestions to StataCorp.

For information about registration, see the registration form. Registration must be received by July 17, 2006. The conference fee is waived for presenters. If you have questions, contact the organizers.


Day 1: Monday, July 24



Weak instruments: An overview and new techniques
Austin Nichols
Urban Institute

How to do xtabond2
David Roodman
Center for Global Development

Time-series filtering techniques in Stata
Kit Baum
Boston College and RePEc





Towards self-contained data: Attaching validation routines to variables
William Rising
Mathematics Department, Bellarmine University

Managing edit checks and database cleaning with Stata
Jacqueline L. Buros
Perfuse Laboratories and Data Coordinating Center

A diff command for use with data files
Philip Schumm
Department of Health Studies, University of Chicago





Tools for estimation of grouped conditional logit models
Paulo Guimarães
Medical University of South Carolina

A simulation-based sensitivity analysis for matching estimators
Tommaso Nannicini
Department of Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid





Using the Bayesian information criterion (BIC) to judge models and statistical significance
Paul Millar
University of Calgary

Graphs for all seasons
Nicholas J. Cox
Geography Department, Durham University

Confirmatory factor analysis in Stata
Stas Kolenikov
University of Missouri





Report to Users/Wishes and grumbles
Roberto Gutierrez
StataCorp LP

Day 2: Tuesday, July 25



Matching methods for estimating treatment effects using Stata
Guido W. Imbens
Department of Economics, Harvard University




Econometric analysis of time-series data using Stata
David M. Drukker
Director of Econometrics, StataCorp

11:30– 1:00



Group comparisons and other issues in interpreting models for categorical outcomes using Stata
J. Scott Long
Department of Sociology, Indiana University




Estimation and interpretation of measures of inequality, poverty, and social welfare using Stata
Stephen P. Jenkins
Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex

Accommodations and registration

The North American Users Group meeting will be held on July 24–25, 2006, at
Longwood Galleria Conference Center
342 Longwood Ave.
Boston, MA 02115-5745
A block of rooms has been reserved for StataCorp at the Best Western Inn at Longwood for July 23–25, 2006. The discounted group rate is $159.00 per night. Tax is 12.45% for 1–4 people. The last day to make a reservation at the discounted rate is June 30, 2006.

To reserve a room, call Best Western Inn at Longwood direct and ask for in-house reservations. Please refer to StataCorp Fifth North American Stata Users Group meeting.

Hotel details:
Best Western Boston Inn at Longwood
342 Longwood Ave., Boston, MA 02115-5745
Main phone number: 617-731-4700 or 800-468-2378
Fax number: 617-731-4870
Check in time: 3 PM
Check out time: Noon
Parking: $16.00 per day until noon on day of departure
Smoke free hotel

Special needs:
If you have any special needs (vegetarian, handicapped, etc.), please contact Chris Farrar,, or Gretchen Farrar,

Sail Boats in Charles River Basin

Please feel free to contact the organizers with any questions.

The deadline for meeting registration is July 17, 2006. Click here to register online.

The North American Stata Users Group Meeting Organizing Committee

Kit Baum Elizabeth Allred Rich Goldstein
Boston College and RePEc
Harvard School of Public Health

Logistics organizers

Chris Farrar
StataCorp LP
  Gretchen Farrar
StataCorp LP

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