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Monday, June 27, 2005
Here is the text of an email I sent to the good folks at STATA. It seems that STATA small, which is their "student version" can't estimate a stochastic frontier model on 25 observations!! In my mind this is a level of crippling that borders on the ludicrous. Of what use is the package as an instructional tool if it can't estimate the models presented in class? We'll see if I get any response: I am teaching a graduate econometrics course (panel data, stochastic frontiers, maximum likelihood, limited dependent variables) and my students are having considerable problems using Small STATA for their homework assignments. I am running STATA SE, which of course precludes a lot of the size/memory issues. Update: Why STATA rocks!!! The folks at STATA responded this afternoon and it looks like it is my fault after all...I have been extolling the virtues of STATA  especially STATA S/E  and I will stand by my claims. STATA is the best overall econometrics package out there. Some packages are a bit easier to use for certain things, but overall once you go STATA you won't go back...this coming from a recovering TSPer.
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