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Re: st: xtreg fixed effects

From   Christopher Baum <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: st: xtreg fixed effects
Date   Thu, 24 May 2012 09:06:31 -0400

On May 24, 2012, at 8:33 AM, Nick wrote:

> 1. Each panel contributes at least one data point to the -xtreg-.
> That's information!
> 2. Each singleton panel contains no information about within-panel
> variability, or rather implies that within-panel variability is zero
> in some cases. But that is only part of the data's properties.

I beg to differ.

webuse grunfeld
drop if year>1935 & company>1
xtreg invest mvalue kstock,fe
reg invest mvalue kstock if company==1

illustrates that the slope coefficients, in both point and interval form, from the one complete panel are the same as those computed from that panel and nine singleton panels. The R^2s are identical, as are the F-statistics, with the same d.f.  sigma_e from the xtreg is equal to RMS Error from the OLS regression. So I fail to see any value in considering these singleton panels. They do give you a different constant term, but one could argue that a FE regression doesn't really have a constant term anyway.


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