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st: panel data management - dividing into quartiles


From   Crystal Lopez <crystal_lopez01@yahoo.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: panel data management - dividing into quartiles
Date   Sun, 15 May 2005 13:10:15 -0700 (PDT)

Hi,

I have a panel data set, with data on a number of
companies over a number of years. Each observation is
a particular company and year, and has various data
for that observation.

I would like to divide my data into 4 quartiles or 5
quintiles, on the basis of one of my variables,
assets. So I would like to create a variable, call it
quartile, that has the value 1 if that observation is
in the top quartile of assets for that year, has the
value 2 if that observation is in the second quartile
of assets for that year, etc. (So of course a company
might have different values of "quartile" in different
years, depending on which quartile of assets it fits
into in a particular year. The quartiles will probably
contain somewhat different companies in each year.)
The reason that I want to do this is that I can run
regressions separately for each quartile. 

I was thinking that I would need to use the by var:
command, as in "by assets: ", but I'm not sure how to
do it, although it seems like it should be simple.

Thanks in advance for any help!

Crystal


		
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