Stata fits fixed-effects (within), between-effects, and random-effects (mixed) models on balanced and unbalanced data. We use the notation

y[i,t] = X[i,t]*b + u[i] + v[i,t]

That is, u[i] is the fixed or random effect and v[i,t] is the pure residual.

**xtreg** is Stata's feature for fitting fixed- and random-effects models.

**xtreg, fe** estimates the parameters of fixed-effects models:

. webuse nlswork(National Longitudinal Survey. Young Women 14-26 years of age in 1968). xtsetpanel variable: idcode (unbalanced) time variable: year, 68 to 88, but with gaps delta: 1 unit. xtreg ln_w grade age c.age#c.age ttl_exp c.ttl_exp#c.ttl_exp tenure>c.tenure#c.tenure 2.race not_smsa south, fenote: grade omitted because of collinearity note: 2.race omitted because of collinearity Fixed-effects (within) regression Number of obs = 28,091 Group variable: idcode Number of groups = 4,697 R-sq: Obs per group: within = 0.1727 min = 1 between = 0.3505 avg = 6.0 overall = 0.2625 max = 15 F(8,23386) = 610.12 corr(u_i, Xb) = 0.1936 Prob > F = 0.0000

ln_wage | Coef. Std. Err. t P>|t| [95% Conf. Interval] | |

grade | 0 (omitted) | |

age | .0359987 .0033864 10.63 0.000 .0293611 .0426362 | |

c.age#c.age | -.000723 .0000533 -13.58 0.000 -.0008274 -.0006186 | |

ttl_exp | .0334668 .0029653 11.29 0.000 .0276545 .039279 | |

c.ttl_exp# | ||

c.ttl_exp | .0002163 .0001277 1.69 0.090 -.0000341 .0004666 | |

tenure | .0357539 .0018487 19.34 0.000 .0321303 .0393775 | |

c.tenure# | ||

c.tenure | -.0019701 .000125 -15.76 0.000 -.0022151 -.0017251 | |

race | ||

black | 0 (omitted) | |

not_smsa | -.0890108 .0095316 -9.34 0.000 -.1076933 -.0703282 | |

south | -.0606309 .0109319 -5.55 0.000 -.0820582 -.0392036 | |

_cons | 1.03732 .0485546 21.36 0.000 .9421496 1.13249 | |

sigma_u | .35562203 | |

sigma_e | .29068923 | |

rho | .59946283 (fraction of variance due to u_i) | |

We have used factor variables in the above example. The terms
**c.age#c.age**, **c.ttl_exp#c.ttl_exp**, and **c.tenure#c.tenure**
are just age-squared, total work experience-squared, and tenure-squared,
respectively.

The syntax of all estimation commands is the same: the name of the dependent variable is followed by the names of the independent variables.

In this case, the dependent variable, **ln_w** (log of wage), was modeled
as a function of a number of explanatory variables. Note that **grade**
and **black** were omitted from the model because they do not vary within
person.

Our dataset contains 28,091 “observations”, which are 4,697 people, each
observed, on average, on 6.0 different years. An observation in our data is
a person in a given year. The dataset contains variable **idcode**,
which identifies the persons — the i index in x[i,t]. Before fitting
the model, we typed **xtset** to show that we had previously told Stata the panel variable. Told once, Stata
remembers.

To fit the corresponding random-effects model, we use the same command but
change the **fe** option to **re**.

. xtreg ln_w grade age c.age#c.age ttl_exp c.ttl_exp#c.ttl_exp tenure> c.tenure#c.tenure 2.race not_smsa south, reRandom-effects GLS regression Number of obs = 28,091 Group variable: idcode Number of groups = 4,697 R-sq: Obs per group: within = 0.1715 min = 1 between = 0.4784 avg = 6.0 overall = 0.3708 max = 15 Wald chi2(10) = 9244.74 corr(u_i, X) = 0 (assumed) Prob > chi2 = 0.0000

ln_wage | Coef. Std. Err. z P>|z| [95% Conf. Interval] | |

grade | .0646499 .0017812 36.30 0.000 .0611589 .0681409 | |

age | .0368059 .0031195 11.80 0.000 .0306918 .0429201 | |

c.age#c.age | -.0007133 .00005 -14.27 0.000 -.0008113 -.0006153 | |

ttl_exp | .0290208 .002422 11.98 0.000 .0242739 .0337678 | |

c.ttl_exp# | ||

c.ttl_exp | .0003049 .0001162 2.62 0.009 .000077 .0005327 | |

tenure | .0392519 .0017554 22.36 0.000 .0358113 .0426925 | |

c.tenure# | ||

c.tenure | -.0020035 .0001193 -16.80 0.000 -.0022373 -.0017697 | |

race | ||

black | -.053053 .0099926 -5.31 0.000 -.0726381 -.0334679 | |

not_smsa | -.1308252 .0071751 -18.23 0.000 -.1448881 -.1167622 | |

south | -.0868922 .0073032 -11.90 0.000 -.1012062 -.0725781 | |

_cons | .2387207 .049469 4.83 0.000 .1417633 .3356781 | |

sigma_u | .25790526 | |

sigma_e | .29068923 | |

rho | .44045273 (fraction of variance due to u_i) | |

We can also perform the Hausman specification test, which compares the consistent fixed-effects model with the efficient random-effects model. To do that, we must first store the results from our random-effects model, refit the fixed-effects model to make those results current, and then perform the test.

. estimates store random_effects . quietly xtreg ln_w grade age c.age#c.age ttl_exp c.ttl_exp#c.ttl_exp tenure > c.tenure#c.tenure 2.race not_smsa south, fe . hausman . random_effects

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(b) (B) (b-B) sqrt(diag(V_b-V_B)) | ||||||

. random_eff~s Difference S.E. | ||||||

age | .0359987 .0368059 -.0008073 .0013177 | |||||

c.age#c.age | -.000723 -.0007133 -9.68e-06 .0000184 | |||||

ttl_exp | .0334668 .0290208 .0044459 .001711 | |||||

c.ttl_exp#~p | .0002163 .0003049 -.0000886 .000053 | |||||

tenure | .0357539 .0392519 -.003498 .0005797 | |||||

c.tenure#c~e | -.0019701 -.0020035 .0000334 .0000373 | |||||

not_smsa | -.0890108 -.1308252 .0418144 .0062745 | |||||

south | -.0606309 -.0868922 .0262613 .0081345 | |||||

In addition, Stata can perform the Breusch and Pagan Lagrange multiplier (LM) test for random effects and can calculate various predictions, including the random effect, based on the estimates.

Equally as important as its ability to fit statistical models with cross-sectional time-series data is Stata's ability to provide meaningful summary statistics.

**xtsum** reports means and standard deviations in a meaningful way:

. xtsum hours

Variable | Mean Std. Dev. Min Max | Observations | ||

hours overall | 36.55956 9.869623 1 168 | N = 28467 | ||

between | 7.846585 1 83.5 | n = 4710 | ||

within | 7.520712 -2.154726 130.0596 | T-bar = 6.04395 |

The negative minimum for hours within is not a mistake; the within shows the variation of hours within person around the global mean 36.55956.

**xttab** does the same for one-way tabulations:

. xttab mspOverall Between Within

msp | Freq. Percent Freq. Percent Percent | |

0 | 11324 39.71 3113 66.08 62.69 | |

1 | 17194 60.29 3643 77.33 75.75 | |

Total | 28518 100.00 6756 143.41 69.73 | |

**msp** is a variable that takes on the value 1 if the surveyed woman is
married and the spouse is present in the household. Overall, some 60% of
our person-year observations are msp. Taking women individually, 66% of the
women are at some point msp, and 77% are not; thus some women are msp one
year and not others. Taking women one at a time, if a woman is ever msp,
55% of her observations are msp observations. If a woman is ever not msp,
72% of her observations are not msp. (If marital status never varied in our
data, the within percentages would all be 100.)

**xttrans** reports the transition matrix:

. xttrans msp

1 if | ||||

married, | 1 if married, spouse | |||

spouse | present | |||

present | 0 1 | Total | ||

0 | 80.49 19.51 | 100.00 | ||

1 | 7.96 92.04 | 100.00 | ||

Total | 37.11 62.89 | 100.00 |

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