Idea that rich people have lots of debt was due to a simple Stata error

There but for the grace of God go I: Back in January, the Urban Institute—a widely respected Washington think tank—published a statistic about student debt that pretty soon caught fire among economics journalists. Based on an analysis of federal data, its researchers concluded that 49 percent of all outstanding education loans belonged to highest-earning quarter…

Geocoding in Stata

I had to geocode about 50,000 addresses for a project recently and found a new user-written Stata command, georoute: https://www.unine.ch/files/live/sites/irene/files/shared/documents/Publications/Working%20papers/2016/WP_16-10.pdf The authors argue their command is easier to use than others, some of which apparently don’t work anymore. The major issue for all of these commands appears to be the source dataset. Turns out it…

Making my code public

My New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to publicly post all of my Stata code for my projects. Why? This will force me to be more careful with my code, even though I am already somewhat anal when it comes to my code.