Conférence Suisse STATA 2022 : Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant !

Conférence Suisse STATA 2022 : Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant !

En tant qu’utilisateur de la solution Stata, vous avez développé des compétences sur Stata 17 que vous aimeriez partager ?

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Alors, rejoignez-nous à l’Université de Berne lors de la Conférence Suisse STATA 2022 :

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Cette conférence donnera aux utilisateurs de Stata du monde entier l’occasion d’échanger des idées, des expériences et des informations sur les nouvelles applications du logiciel.

Informations pratiques

  • Date : Vendredi 18 novembre 2022
  • Durée : Toute la journée, de 9h à 18h30

  • Lieu : Université de Berne – 3012 BERN (SUISSE)
    Hallerstrasse 6, 2. OG | Voir le plan
  • Tarif normal : 75,00 CHF
  • Tarif étudiant : 20,00 CHF
  • Conférence en présentiel et en anglais

Des speakers passionnants venant du monde entier !

Un grand merci à l’ensemble des utilisateurs avancés, venant du monde entier pour partager leurs meilleures pratiques et leur expérience de Stata 17 :

David SCHENCK
Senior Econometrician – StataCorp

Bayesian Time Series in Stata 17

Stata 17 introduced Bayesian support for several multivariate time-series commands. In this talk, I will discuss Bayesian vector autoregressive models and Bayesian DSGE models. Bayesian estimation is well suited to these models because economic considerations often impose structure that is captured well by informative priors. I will describe the main features of these commands, as well as Bayesian diagnostics, posterior hypothesis tests, predictions, impulse-response functions, and forecasts.

Achim AHRENS
Senior Data Scientist – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology

DDML: Double/debiased machine learning in Stata

We introduce the Stata package ddml which implements Double/Debiased Machine Learning (DDML) for causal inference aided by supervised machine learning. Five different models are supported, allowing for multiple treatment variables in the presence of high-dimensional controls and/or instrumental variables. ddml is compatible with many existing supervised machine learning programs in Stata.

Jan DITZEN
Assistant Professor – Free University of Bozen-Bolzano

Network regressions in Stata

Network analysis has become critical to the study of social sciences. While several Stata programs are available for analysing network structures, programs that execute regression analysis with a network structure are currently lacking. We fill this gap by introducing the nwxtregress command. Building on spatial econometric methods (LeSage and Pace 2009), nwxtregress uses MCMC estimation to produce estimates of endogenous peer effects, as well as own-node (direct) and cross-node (indirect) partial effects, where nodes correspond to cross-sectional units of observation, such as firms, and edges correspond to the relations between nodes. Unlike existing spatial regression commands (for example, spxtregress), nwxtregress is designed to handle unbalanced panels of economic and social networks as in Grieser et al. (2021). Networks can be directed or undirected with weighted or unweighted edges, and they can be imported in a list format that does not require a shapefile or a Stata spatial weight matrix set by spmatrix. Finally, the command allows for the inclusion or exclusion of contextual effects. To improve speed, the command transforms the spatial weighting matrix into a sparse matrix. Future work will be targeted toward improving sparse matrix routines, as well as introducing a framework that allows for multiple networks.

Ben JANN
Professor at the Institute of Sociology – University of Bern

Marginal odds ratios: What they are, how to compute them, and why applied researchers might want to use them

Logistic response models form the backbone of much applied quantitative resesarch in epidemiology and the social sciences. However, recent methodological research highlights difficulties in interpreting odds ratios, particularly in a multivariate modeling setting. These difficulties arise from the fact that coefficients from nonlinear probability models such as the logistic response model (i.e., log odds ratios) depend on model specification in ways that differ from the linear model. Applied researchers have responded to this situation by reporting marginal effects on the probability scale implied by the nonlinear probability model or obtained by the linear probability model.
Although marginal effects on the probability scale have many desirable properties, they do not align well with research in which relative inequality is a key concept. We argue that in many cases the odds ratio is preferable because it is a relative measure that does not depend on the marginal distribution of the dependent variable. In our talk, we aim to remedy the declining popularity of the odds ratio by introducing what we term the « marginal odds ratio »; that is, logit coefficients that have similar properties as marginal effects on the probability scale, but which retain the odds ratio interpretation. We define the marginal odds ratio theoretically in terms of potential outcomes, both for binary and continuous treatments, we develop estimation methods using three different approaches (G-computation, inverse probability weighting, RIF regression), and we present examples that illustrate the usefulness and interpretation of the marginal odds ratio.

Blaise MELLY
Professor at the Department of Economics – University of Bern

Stata commands to estimate quantile regression with panel and grouped data

In this presentation, we introduce two Stata commands that allow estimating quantile regression with panel and grouped data. The commands implement two-step minimum-distance estimators. We first compute a quantile regression within each unit and then apply GMM to the fitted values from the first stage. The command xtmdqr applies to classical panel data, where we follow the same units over time while the command mdqr applies to grouped data, where the observations are at the individual level, but the treatment varies at the group level. Depending on the variables assumed to be exogenous, this approach provides quantile analogs of the classical least squares panel data estimators such as the fixed effects, random effects, between, and Hausman-Taylor estimators. For grouped (instrumental) quantile regression, we provide a more precise estimator than the existing estimators. In our companion paper (Melly and Pons, « Minimum Distance Estimation of Quantile Panel Data Models »), we study the theoretical properties of these estimators.

Lukas Bütikofer
Statistician – University of Bern

btable: Extensive summary tables in Stata

The construction of summary tables is a very common, repetitive and time-consuming step in data analysis. btable is a flexible, easy-to-use and powerful algorithm for generating such tables in Stata. It is freely available from github.

btable can summarize continuous, categorical, count and time-to-event variables within one table using various descriptive statistics, which can be individually chosen and combined for each variable. If the summary is grouped, effect measures with confidence intervals and p-values are added. User-defined effect measures and tests can be integrated.

The table is constructed in a two-step approach using two functions: btable produces an unformatted, raw table, which is then formatted by btable_format to produce a final, publication-ready table. By default, the raw table contains all descriptive statistics, and, if grouped, effect measures with confidence intervals and p-values. The formatting step allows for a variable-specific selection and formatting.

The two-step approach separates data analysis and formatting. The analysis step does not change the current dataset and the raw data table can be loaded, formatted by hand, or used for other purposes. The formatting step can be modified without re-running the analysis.

Yiannis KARAVIAS
Associate Professor – University of Birmingham

Improved Tests for Granger Non-Causality in Panel Data

Granger causality is an important aspect of applied panel (longitudinal) data analysis as it can be used to determine whether one variable is useful in forecasting another. This presentation describes xtgranger, a community-contributed Stata command, which implements the panel Granger non-causality test of Juodis, Karavias, and Sarafidis (2021). This test offers superior size and power performance to existing tests, which stems from the use of a pooled estimator that has a faster convergence rate. The test has several other useful properties; it can be used in multivariate systems, it has power against both homogeneous as well as heterogeneous alternatives, and it allows for cross-section dependence and cross-section heteroskedasticity. The command is used to examine the type of temporal relation between profitability, cost efficiency and asset quality in the U.S. banking industry.

Philippe VAN KERM
Professor in Social Inequality and Social Policy Analysis – University of Luxembourg

Exchangeably weighted bootstrap schemes

The exchangeably weighted bootstrap is one of the many variants of bootstrap resampling schemes. Rather than directly drawing observations with replacement from the data, weighted bootstrap schemes generate vectors of replication weights to form bootstrap replications. Various ways to generate the replication weights can be adopted and some choices bring practical computational advantages. This talk demonstrates how easily such schemes can be implemented and where they are particularly useful, and introduces the exbsample command which facilitates their implementation.

Steve KA LOK WONG
IHEID PhD Student, affiliated to Centre for Finance and Development – Graduate Institute Geneva

Stata-Python API for bulk data download: Example with UN Comtrade

This presentation aims to guide the audience through the bulk download of Comtrade data via a Stata-Python integration setup, which has been made available since Stata 16. Though this presentation is explicitly about the UN Comtrade dataset, the methodology employed is generalizable to other data platforms that allow API downloads.
The UN Comtrade Database is one of the best sources when it comes to bilateral trade data by product code. As of early 2022, it covers more country-year observations than the World Trade Organization and the International Trade Centre. However, tailoring the raw data to each researcher’s needs is often time-consuming. Using the Comtrade API with my Stata-Python setup would allow researchers to tailor their downloaded data to their desired specification. In addition, employing this setup significantly reduces human error when compared to the manual downloading and cleaning of Comtrade data.

Graduate Institute Geneva

Asjad NAQVI
Senior Economist, Austrian Institute for Economic Research (WIFO)

Circlebar: A Stata package for plotting circular bar graphs

The presentation will introduce “circlebar”, a Stata package that allows users to visualize data as circular bar graphs organized in polar coordinates. The command allows for flexibility of selecting and changing bar dimensions including starting and ending circles, colors and label placements, and controlling spacing between the bars.

Nicolai T. BORGEN
Department of Special Needs Education – University of Oslo

Andreas HAUPT
Institute of Sociology, Media and Cultural Studies – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Øyvind WIBORG
Department of Sociology and Human Geography – University of Oslo

Flexible and fast estimation of quantile treatment effects: The rqr and rqrplot commands

Using quantile regression models to estimate quantile treatment effects is becoming increasingly popular. This paper introduces the rqr command that can be used to estimate residualized quantile regression (RQR) coefficients and the rqrplot postestimation command that can be used to effortless plot the coefficients. The main advantages of the rqr command compared to other Stata commands that estimate (unconditional) quantile treatment effects are that it can include high-dimensional fixed effects and that it is considerably faster than the other commands.

University of Oslo
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Matthias SCHONLAU
German Professor of statistics and actuarial science – University of Waterloo

Visualizing categorical data with hammock plots

Visualizing data with more than two variables is not straight forward, especially when some variables are categorical rather than continuous. My hammock plots are one option to visualize categorical data and mixed categorical / continuous data. Hammock plots can be viewed as a generalization of parallel coordinate plots where the lines are replaced by rectangles that are proportional to the number of observations they represent. I will introduce my Stata program for hammock plots and give several short examples where I have found them useful.

University of Waterloo

Kit BAUM
Professor of Economics and Social Work – Boston College

Drivers of COVID-19 deaths in the United States: A two-stage modeling approach

We offer a two-stage (time-series and cross-section) econometric modeling approach to examine the drivers behind the spread of COVID-19 deaths across counties in the United States. Our empirical strategy exploits the availability of two years (January 2020 through January 2022) of daily data on the number of confirmed deaths and cases of COVID-19 in the 3,000 U.S. counties of the 48 contiguous states and the District of Columbia. In the first stage of the analysis, we use daily time-series data on COVID-19 cases and deaths to fit mixed models of deaths against lagged confirmed cases for each county. Because the resulting coefficients are county specific, they relax the homogeneity assumption that is implicit when the analysis is performed using geographically aggregated cross-section units. In the second stage of the analysis, we assume that these county estimates are a function of economic and sociodemographic factors that are taken as fixed over the course of the pandemic. Here we employ the novel one-covariate-at-a-time variable-selection algorithm proposed by Chudik et al. (Econometrica, 2018) to guide the choice of regressors.

Coauthors: Andrés Garcia-Suaza (U. del Rosario), Miguel Henry (Greylock McKinnon Associates), Jesús Otero (U. del Rosario)

Boston College (USA)

Maarten BUIS
Lecturer of statistics for the social sciences at the department of sociology – University of Konstanz

It is all about the data

This talk is a collection of tips for exploring a new dataset and preparing a dataset using both official and community contributed commands. Community contributed commands that will be covered are lany, lookfor2, htmlcb, and closedesc.

University of Konstanz

Submissions

Please email the scientific committee if you are interested in giving a presentation.
Please include a short informative title and an abstract, and indicate whether you wish to be considered for a 10-minutes or 20-minutes presentation (both to be followed by 5 minutes for questions). Presenters will be asked to provide the organizers with electronic materials (a copy of the presentation and any programs or datasets, where applicable). If your presentation has multiple authors, please identify the presenter, for whom the conference registration fee will be waived.

Abstracts should be sent no later than October 1, 2022, to ben.jann@unibe.ch

Presentation guidelines

Presentation topics may include:

  • new community-contributed commands for model estimation, graphing, data management, results reporting, or other purposes;
  • new approaches for using Stata together with other software;
  • innovative use or evaluations of existing Stata commands;
  • new analytic methods of particular relevance to Stata users;
  • case studies of using Stata for applications in various disciplines;
  • methods and resources for teaching statistics with Stata or for teaching the use of Stata.

No level of sophistication is assumed for presenters or attendees.

Scientific committee
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Ben JANN
University of Bern
ben.jann@unibe.ch