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Re: st: Wide to Panel

From   David Kantor <>
Subject   Re: st: Wide to Panel
Date   Tue, 17 Oct 2006 09:16:53 -0400

At 08:24 AM 10/17/2006, Alice Dobson wrote:
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

Start by Stat/Transferring these into Stata.

But your column names of "1985", "1986" , etc. will get rendered as, I believe, "_1985", "_1986", etc..

Each of those needs to be further renamed to have a common prefix that is distinct for the given table. Presumably, each table is one variable, so the prefix should correspond to that variable. Thus, if the table is "number of employees" you should rename the variables something like
nemp1985, nemp1986, etc.
If your table is about revenue, then name them rev1985, rev1985, etc.

(You could, alternatively, change the column names in the Excel tables. But in any case, for the transfer to go smoothly, the Excel tables need to be "clean" -- have just the column names in the first row, and the data in all subsequent rows.)

Do this for each table.
Then you will want to merge all the tables together.

Presumably you also want to -reshape wide-. That could come before or after the merge.

Hope this helps.

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