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Using the world development indicators database for statistical analysis in Stata


  • P. Wilner Jeanty

    () (The Ohio State University)


The World Bank’s world development indicators (WDI) compilation is a rich and widely used database about the development of most economies in the world. However, after insheeting a WDI dataset, some data management is required prior to performing statistical analysis. In this article, I propose a new Stata command, wdireshape, for automating this data management. While reshaping a WDI dataset into structures amenable to panel data, seeming unrelated regression, or cross-sectional modeling, wdireshape renames the series and places the series descriptors into variable labels. Copyright 2010 by StataCorp LP.

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  • P. Wilner Jeanty, 2010. "Using the world development indicators database for statistical analysis in Stata," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 10(1), pages 30-45, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:10:y:2010:i:1:p:30-45
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    1. Christopher F Baum & Nicholas J. Cox, 2007. "Stata tip 45: Getting those data into shape," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 7(2), pages 268-271, June.
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    2. P. Wilner Jeanty, 2011. "Managing the U.S. Census 2000 and World Development Indicators databases for statistical analysis in Stata," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 11(4), pages 589-604, December.


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