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st: ivreg2 handling of VCEs

From   Christopher Baum <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: ivreg2 handling of VCEs
Date   Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:13:59 +0000

Correspondence with a user of -ivreg2- (Baum, Schaffer, Stillman, on SSC) concerned the loss of observations from his estimation sample when a -robust- or -cluster(id)- VCE was specified. This turns out to have been caused by the user's dataset being -tsset- by an id and time variable, but the time variable having hundreds of missing observations. In this situation, -ivreg2- considers those observations to be unusable. A -tsset clear- caused -ivreg2- to behave like -regress-. The user was not trying to make use, at this point, of the panel nature of the data.

It makes little sense to have observations in a panel context that are missing one of their identifiers (or at least to imagine that they should enter the computations). That is the assumption that -ivreg2- makes, and I tend to think of it not as a bug, but as a feature.


Kit Baum   |   Boston College Economics & DIW Berlin   |
                             An Introduction to Stata Programming  |
  An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata  |

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