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st: MM/DD/YYYY string to stata date

From   Lars Folkestad <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: MM/DD/YYYY string to stata date
Date   Mon, 4 Jun 2012 21:36:15 +0200

Dear list

I know this is an old timer but i just dont get it.

I have a variable indicating birth date. The variable is in string format and looks like this


If the the month or day is single digit it looks like this

I have removed the /'s by

gen newstrvar = subinstr(strvar, "/", "", .)

But form there i dont get it.

Ive used

Gen newdate = date (newstrvar, "MDY")

But that only gives me missing values.

What am i doing wrong and is there an easy way to do this?


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