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From   "ALICE DOBSON" <>
Subject   st: Wide to Panel
Date   Tue, 17 Oct 2006 08:24:55 -0400

Hi all,
I have a datafile containing an unabalanced panel of firms for a period of
around 10 years. This file contains data on around five variables. I have
procured additional data on around 15 firm-level variables for these set of
firms. However, the problem is that each variable is in a different excel
file and that too in a wide format. I can transfer these files into stata
format using stat transfer. Could anyone please tell me if its possible to
convert these multiple data files into one datafile in the panel format?

Each individual file for a single variable looks like this. There are 15
such files, one for each varible. The numberf of firms is too large and
hence will take a lot of time to do by hand.

FIRM     1985    1986   1987   1988   1989   1990   1991   1992   1993  1994

FIRM1   100      123      124     3001     293   324   512        413


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