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Re: st: Panel data opinion wanted

From   "Mark Schaffer" <>
Subject   Re: st: Panel data opinion wanted
Date   Thu, 25 Aug 2005 17:02:16 +0100 (BST)

This sounds really useful.  I would vote for "long" and the ability to
handle unbalanced panels.  I can't remember the last time I had a balanced
panel to work with.


> Fellow listers,
> I am writing a procedure for Pooled Mean Group estimation for
> heterogeneous panels (a la Pesaran, Smith, and Shin). I have all the
> estimation figured out, but I would like some input regarding user
> preferences of model setup.
> Basically, I am interested to know if potential users of such a procedure
> prefer "long" or "wide" data format for this type of estimation.
> The give and take:
> Option 1: "Long" data: the procedure would seem much more like Stata's
> other xt estimation commands. More importantly, unbalanced panels can be
> easily handled. However, cross equation restrictions will be unavailable
> to the user.
> Option 2: "Wide" data: it will be trivial to allow users to impose cross
> equation (that is, cross panel) restrictions of parameter estimates.
> However, unbalanced panels will not be allowed.
> Please note that with either option the user will be able to perform
> cross-equation tests -- but only with Option 2 will the a priori
> restrictions be easily handled.
> My underlying question is which is more valuable to users: the ability to
> handle unbalanced panels or (in the context of these heterogeneous models)
> allow for cross-panel restrictions?
> I have my preference, but I would be interested to hear from any
> enlightened and opinionated users!
> Edward F. Blackburne III, PhD
> Associate Professor
> Economics and International Business
> Sam Houston State University
> 936-294-3934
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Prof. Mark Schaffer
Director, CERT
Department of Economics
School of Management & Languages
Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS
tel +44-131-451-3494 / fax +44-131-451-3294



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