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st: re: heteroskedasticity and fixed effects

From   Kit Baum <>
Subject   st: re: heteroskedasticity and fixed effects
Date   Thu, 17 Jul 2008 07:50:01 -0400

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Alice wrote

I was wondering which test or command I should be
using. I found the xttest3 that can be used after
xtreg, or whitetst after reg.

I was wondering whether those tests would be reliable,
assuming that Stata 10 does adjust standard errors

xttest3 (which I wrote) only makes use of the residuals from xtreg, fe. Like any test based solely on residuals, it is immune to inconsistency in the correlation of the coefficients' standard errors. It will return the same value regardless of the choice of vce (). However, note that it tests for a specific sort of H: groupwise H (q.v. -robvar-). It is not a general test for H of the Breusch-Pagan sort.

You may want to explore use of -xtgls- if you are concerned about other kinds of H in your particular setting.


Kit Baum, Boston College Economics and DIW Berlin
An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata:

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