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st: Business date for panel data

From   Thomas Leirvik <>
Subject   st: Business date for panel data
Date   Wed, 27 Feb 2013 01:09:26 +0100

Dear Statalisters,

I have a question regarding the lag operator:

I have a panel dataset  and would like to generate a new variable with the lag of a variable. It's not necessarily any quoted price each business day, so there are some missing values, but I do not want to treat Saturdays and Sundays as missing.
In order to apply the L.varname function, I need to make the dataset a paneldata, which I do by:

xtset id date

then Saturday, Sunday and holidays are treated as missing values.I do not know how to go around this problem. I searched the online and the pdf files for Stata, and it is suggested to use command for the business calendar:

xtset id datet, format(%tbsimple:)

but it does not change anything. 
Is there a way to avoid this problem? 

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