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st: RE: Creating panel data?


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: Creating panel data?
Date   Thu, 20 Apr 2006 17:56:06 +0100

You need -reshape-. In succession, check 
out the on-line help, the manual entry, and 
FAQs on -reshape-, bailing out when you 
have worked out what to do. 

If your year variables were simply 

foo1984-foo2000 

then 

reshape long foo, i(country) j(year) 

would do fine. 

If you can do it in Excel, whatever that 
is, with the equivalent of a one-line 
command, then do it that way if you prefer.

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Ann Edith Helfman
 
> I'm fairly new to Stata (I have Stata 9) and would like to 
> know whether 
> there is a way to rearrange the following:
> 
> WHAT I HAVE: In Data Editor, my first column lists all of the 
> countries 
> under a "country" variable.  Each column after that is a 
> "year" variable 
>   ("1984" through "2000") with the appropriate value for each country.
> 
> WHAT I NEED: The data needs to be sorted by country and year. 
>  In other 
> words, I should see first column "country," second column "year," and 
> third column those values.
> 
> In other words, I need to create panel data with each country having 
> multiple entries by year.  I wouldn't mind doing this in 
> Excel either, if that works better.
 

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