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st: Correctly specifying dependent variable

From   Radha Shah <>
To   "" <>
Subject   st: Correctly specifying dependent variable
Date   Wed, 18 Dec 2013 12:04:06 +0000

Dear Statalist users,

I am having an issue when trying to specify my dependent variable correctly in Stata. I am using Stata 13 for Windows.
I am very sorry if this question seems trivial to most, however I am only a Stata beginner so would appreciate any advice anyone can give me. 

My dependent variable has both an i and j index (it is: funds from donor i to recipient country j). When I import my data into Stata from Microsoft Excel it appears as the following:

Country		| Red Cross	   CARE	   ....  	Oxfam
Angola		|       0		   10000		              0
Cameroon	|  30000                 0                       10000		       
....		        |
Zimbabwe	|        0		    15000                       0

Stata automatically takes the first row as headings for variables, and thus I have a separate variable for "country", and a separate variable for "Red Cross", "Care", "Oxfam" etc. Instead, I want the dependent variable to encompass both the i and j index such that my dependent variable observation for Red Cross funds in Angola is 0 and the same dependent variable also picks up that CARE funds in Cameroon are 10000. For reference, I intend to run a random effects Tobit model using the data.

I am sure there is a very easy way to do this on Stata, so any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Please also let me know if my question is in any way unclear.

Many thanks,

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