Empirical Research: Getting Started with Stata
15 Pages Posted: 3 Jun 2017
Date Written: June 2017
This article provides a guide to approaching empirical research work for the first time, as well as obtaining a foundation in the use of the statistical software package, Stata. The emphasis revolves around data cleaning and its importance in writing a good research essay. I also cover a basic introduction to Stata, the importance of do‐files, common data problems and good coding practice. In closing, I advise that not everything in research needs to go to plan, but that good research practice makes it easier to adapt when plans do not work out.
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