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From   Indrit Hoxha <>
To   "Rodrigo Alfaro A." <>,
Subject   st: Re: problem with missing data in a loop
Date   Fri, 11 Jul 2008 15:58:43 -0500

Thank you. I had to include some other steps to these commands, and finally it worked.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Rodrigo Alfaro A." <>
To: <>
Cc: "Indrit Hoxha" <>
Sent: Thursday, July 10, 2008 8:17 AM
Subject: RE: problem with missing data in a loop


Did you try something like this?

forvalues i=1/130 {
forvalues j=1980/2005 {
cap reg y x if id==`i' & year==`j'
if _rc==0 {



[] En nombre de Indrit Hoxha
Enviado el: Jueves, 10 de Julio de 2008 12:35 a.m.
Asunto: st: problem with missing data in a loop

I am sorry for sending many times but my code was broken somehow in the
previous emails.

I have a panel dataset with countries and years. I am trying to do some
overlapping regressions for every country in windows of 5 years. I want
these 5 years to be overlapping so for example for United States, I want
the first regression to be for 1980-1984, the second 1981-1985, third
1982-1986 and goes on like this. I have used loop within a loop to do
this. As you can see from the do file below

"i" stands for countries and "j" stands for years

local i=1

while `i'<131 {

local j=1980

while `j'< 2006 {

reg y x1 x2 x3 if cc==`i' & (year==`j'|year ==`j'+1|year ==`j'+2|year
==`j'+3|year ==`j'+4)

local j= `j'+1


local i= `i'+1


However I have missing data for some countries and years, so when the
loop starts if it does not find any data for the first country and/or
first group of years the do file stops.

I have tried to use capture command, but still was unable to make the
loop work.
Could someone help me out here, how should I do these regressions.
I'd really appreciate any help .

Indrit Hoxha

Univesity of Houston

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