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Subject: Re: st: Switching from SPSS to Stata


From   "P. Rao Sahib" <p.rao.sahib@rug.nl>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Subject: Re: st: Switching from SPSS to Stata
Date   Sun, 19 Jul 2009 11:16:44 +0200

Last year together with a few colleagues, we were able to convince our faculty to invest in a lab license for students for STATA. If you would like to garner support for STATA, I would mention the rich on-line resources (the entire STATA manual is online), the active online community and the large number of user written routines. In my view, the estimation methods that are proposed in journal articles are very quickly implemented in STATA. You could mention that STATA allows you to use the most recent estimation methods developed. Also, SPSS does not come anywhere near STATA regarding the routines available for panel data. To get others interested, you could organize an informal introduction to STATA, you could either give this yourself or ask if the local provider of STATA could do so. We wrote a letter to our administrative unit and got a few colleagues to sign it as well. I would also recommend getting a subscription to the STATA journal.

Dr. Padma Rao Sahib
Faculty of Economics and Business
University of Groningen
Groningen,  The Netherlands
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