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st: Converting year variable into a date variable

From   Erik Aadland <>
To   <>
Subject   st: Converting year variable into a date variable
Date   Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:47:19 +0000

Dear Statalist.
I have a panel dataset in which I have the variable -year- that contains values of e.g. 1998, 1999, etc.
I want to make a new -year2- variable and convert this one into a date variable. 
In particular, I want to convert each -year2- value into the last date for that year so that e.g. 1998 == 31.12.1998, 1999 == 31.12.1999, etc.
How can this be accomplished? 
Any input on this would be greatly appreciated.
Kind regards,
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