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Re: st: Panel data opinion wanted
I share Mark's view - the ability to handle unbalanced panels has
always been extremely important in my work.
On 25/08/05, Mark Schaffer <M.E.Schaffer@hw.ac.uk> wrote:
> 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!
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