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st: RE: "cluster(): too many variables" in ivreg2 despite latest version?

From   "Schaffer, Mark E" <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: RE: "cluster(): too many variables" in ivreg2 despite latest version?
Date   Thu, 17 Oct 2013 12:33:55 +0000


Re: (1), exactly what does -which ivreg2, all- report?  When you say you downloaded the "2013 versions", from where you did download them and how?  And have you also downloaded the Mata library file livreg2.mlib?


> -----Original Message-----
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>] On Behalf Of Jen Zhen
> Sent: 17 October 2013 13:01
> To:
> Subject: st: "cluster(): too many variables" in ivreg2 despite latest version?
> Dear listers,
> (1) When specifying two-dimensional clustering in -ivreg2-,
> ivreg2 depvar controlvar (endogreg = instrument), cluster(dimension1
> dimension2), I always get the error "cluster(): Too many variables specified".
> Many earlier posts on the topic on Statalist suggest that this problem should be
> solved by ensuring to have at least the 2010 version of -ivreg2-. While my Stata
> cannot be updated automatically, I have downloaded 2013 versions of both
> ivreg2 and of ranktest, and I have also checked -which ivreg2, all- that I
> currently have only that 1 version of the ado file in my PLUS ado file path.
> Nonetheless the problem persists. Would anyone know what else I could try?
> Does ivreg2 maybe require any other ado files that might also need manual
> updating?
> (2) Nichols 2007 recommends to have at least 50 different clusters and Angrist
> & Pischke similarly suggests to have at least 42. So I'm taking this into account
> when choosing on which dimensions to cluster my standard errors. What I'm
> wondering though is: Should I also make sure to have no or few clusters with
> fewer than ... observations? In particular, with the way I am currently
> clustering, I have a few clusters with just 2 observations, although 95% of my
> clusters have more than 17. With 2 way clustering, any such requirement would
> presumably need to be independently satisfied for each of my 2 dimensions?
> Thank you so much and kind regards, JZ
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