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st: RE: time trend in a panel with very SHORT time dimension


From   "Feiveson, Alan H. (JSC-SK311)" <Alan.H.Feiveson@nasa.gov>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: time trend in a panel with very SHORT time dimension
Date   Fri, 13 Feb 2009 08:16:52 -0600

You could try a non-parametric within-cluster comparison using -somersd- . This avoids distributional assumptions.

 somersd expense year,funtype(wcluster) cluster(FirmID) wstrata(FirmID)


Al Feiveson 

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From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Jun Zhou
Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:31 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: time trend in a panel with very SHORT time dimension

Dear all, 

I have an unbalanced panel dataset with 5 years observations from 2000 firms. 
I would like to test whether there is a positive time-trend in one variable (e.g. expense). 
I tried the following two ways:
       xi: areg expense year, absorb(FirmID) cluster(FirmID)
       reg expense year, cluster(FirmID) Both methods show that the slope (i.e. the coefficient of 'year') is positive and statistically significant. Can I conclude that there is a positive time trend in variable 'expense'? 

I understand that it is improper to try to test time trend in a time series of 5 observations, but I am not sure whether 2000 firms can allow me to test the time trend although each firms have no more than 5 observations. 

Thanks a lot for your help. 
Jun

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