tips for stata, latex, and other useful resources for economists

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  • Information about Stata macros: number of elements and order within locals and globals

    Especially when running loops (see our posts here), it can be important to get more information about a macro, such as the length, or its first or last element.

  • Useful string functions in Stata (updated list)

    Most often when I search the internet for help on Stata, it is probably when I need to work with string variables (such as names). There are some very good summaries that cover aspects of string variables (e.g., this page). In this post –which will be continuously updated– we present random string functions that we […]

  • Format how locals are displayed in Stata

    Often I use locals to calculate something (such as the mean of a variable for a specific group) and use this in a loop (say, over groups or over years). If you, for example, want to calculate the share of observations that belong to one group (say: female==1), you could simply write

  • Piecewise execution of do-files in Stata

    Do-files in Stata easily get a bit lengthy. Of course, you can try to shorten do-files and distribute code onto several do-files and have one master file that runs all of the respective sub-do-files (which are included by do Alternatively, you can leave the do-file longish but write your code such that you only […]

  • Numbering in LaTeX documents

    Manuscripts typically contain many different types of numbering: page numbering, sections, subsections, figures, tables etc.

  • Multiple lines commands in Stata

    Many Stata commands get easily quite long. Take, for example, a command to generate a figure – possibly the layout definitions are quite lengthy and difficult to read. Stretching commands over several lines makes it much easier to write and read, and less prone to errors. 

  • Equation numbering in Microsoft Word

    From time to time, I need to write articles in Microsoft Word. When I then also need to include Equations in the Word document, I realise (again) why I so much prefer to use LaTeX. Today I came across a simple way of having Equation numbering included in a word document (although it is natively […]

  • Economics journals BibTex styles (.bst)

    Over and over again we were searching for BibTeX styles files (.bst) that follow the required styles of specific journals. So we decided to create a list ourselves. If you have any additions or corrections, please lets us know!

  • Add current date to Stata file names (and others)

    We wrote earlier about how to add time stamps (current date and/or time) to your Stata figures, e.g. to keep track of work in progress results. A similar strategy can be used when storing log-files, which are typically overwritten with a more recent version of the same log.

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