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st: RE: forvalues, panel data

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   st: RE: forvalues, panel data
Date   Thu, 30 Sep 2010 12:36:31 +0100

Your -forvalues- scaffolding is completely redundant, and in fact causes the same changes to be executed 11 times. But your problem does call for a loop over a varlist. 

foreach v of var <whatever> { 
	gen d`v' = . 
	replace d`v' = `v' if fyear == 1980
	replace d`v' = `v' * 0.967059 if fyear == 1981


Biljana Dlab

I have panel data (companies, fiscal years) and need to deflate numbers
to US$ 1980

tsset  gvkey_n  fyear

I used forvalues function and did it like this:

First I created variable just with dots:

gen dI2=.

Then simple forvalues loop

.forvalues fyear = 1980/1990 {
.replace dI2=I2*1 if fyear==1980
.replace dI2=I2*0.967059 if fyear==1981
.replace dI2=I2*0.421106 if fyear==1982
.replace dI2=I2*0.307175 if fyear==1990

So that works, but since I have 10 variables (from I1 to I10) that need
to be deflated, repeating the whole procedure is time consuming... so I
tried by using var i=I1-I10, etc... but always got reply invalid

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