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REGHDFE: Linear Regressions With Multiple Fixed Effects


Recent Updates

  • version 5.1 08jul2018:
    • Added the compact and poolsize(#) options, to reduce memory usage. This can reduce reghdfe's memory usage by up to 5x-10x, at a slight speed cost.
    • Automatically check that the installed version of ftools is not too old.
  • version 5.0 29jun2018:
    • Added support for basevar. This is not very useful by itself but makes some postestimation packages (coefplot) easier to use
    • Added support for margins postestimation command.
    • Added _cons row to output table, so the intercept is reported (as in regress/xtreg/areg). The noconstant option disables this, but doing so might make the output of margin incorrect.
    • predict, xb now includes the value of _cons, which before was included in predict, d.
  • version 4.4 11sep2017:
    • Performance: speedup when using weights, reduced memory usage, improve convergence detection
    • Bugfixes: summarize option was using full sample instead of regression sample, fixed a recent bug that failed to detect when FEs were nested within clusters
    • Mata: refactor Mata internals and add their description to help reghdfe_mata; clean up warning messages
    • Poisson/PPML HDFE: extend Mata internals so we can e.g. change weights without creating an entirely new object. This is mostly to speed up the ppmlhdfe package.
  • version 4.3 07jun2017: speed up fixed slopes (precompute inv(xx))
  • version 4.2 06apr2017: fix numerical accuracy issues (bugfixes)
  • version 4.1 28feb2017: entirely rewriten in Mata
    • 3-10x faster thanks to ftools package (use it if you have large datasets!)
    • Several minor bugs have been fixed, in particular some that did not allow complex factor variable expressions.
    • reghdfe is now written entirely as a Mata object. For an example of how to use it to write other programs, see here
    • Additional estimation options are now supported, including LSMR and pruning of degree-1 vertices.

Things to be aware of:

  • reghdfe now depends on the ftools package (and boottest for Stata 12 and older)
  • IV/GMM is not done directly with reghdfe but through ivreg2. See this port, which adds an absorb() option to ivreg2. This is also useful for using more advanced standard error estimates, which ivreg2 supports.
  • If you use commands that depend on reghdfe (regife, poi2hdfe, ppml_panel_sg, etc.), check that they have been updated before using the new version of reghdfe.
  • Some options are not yet fully supported. They include cache and groupvar.
  • The previous stable release (3.2.9 21feb2016) can be accessed with the old option

Future/possible updates

  • Add back group3hdfe option

Citation

reghdfe implements the estimator described in Correia (2017). If you use it, please cite either the paper and/or the command's RePEc citation:

@TechReport {Correia2017:HDFE,
  Author = {Correia, Sergio},
  Title = {Linear Models with High-Dimensional Fixed Effects: An Efficient and Feasible Estimator},
  Note = {Working Paper},
  Year = {2017},
}

Correia, Sergio. 2017. "Linear Models with High-Dimensional Fixed Effects: An Efficient and Feasible Estimator" Working Paper. http://scorreia.com/research/hdfe.pdf

Sergio Correia, 2017. reghdfe: Stata module for linear and instrumental-variable/GMM regression absorbing multiple levels of fixed effects. https://ideas.repec.org/c/boc/bocode/s457874.html

Install:

To find out which version you have installed, type reghdfe, version.

reghdfe 5.x is not yet in SSC. To quickly install it and all its dependencies, copy/paste these lines and run them:

* Install ftools (remove program if it existed previously)
cap ado uninstall ftools
net install ftools, from("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sergiocorreia/ftools/master/src/")

* Install reghdfe 4.x
cap ado uninstall reghdfe
net install reghdfe, from("https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sergiocorreia/reghdfe/master/src/")

* Install boottest for Stata 11 and 12
if (c(version)<13) cap ado uninstall boottest
if (c(version)<13) ssc install boottest

* Install moremata (sometimes used by ftools but not needed for reghdfe)
cap ssc install moremata

ftools, compile
reghdfe, compile

To run IV/GMM regressions with ivreghdfe, also run these lines:

cap ado uninstall ivreg2hdfe
cap ado uninstall ivreghdfe
cap ssc install ivreg2 // Install ivreg2, the core package
net install ivreghdfe, from(https://raw.githubusercontent.com/sergiocorreia/ivreghdfe/master/src/)

Alternatively, you can install the stable/older version from SSC (3.x):

cap ado uninstall reghdfe
ssc install reghdfe

Manual Install:

To install reghdfe to a firewalled server, you need to download these zip files by hand and extract them:

Then, run the following, adjusting the folder names:

cap ado uninstall ftools
cap ado uninstall reghdfe
cap ado uninstall ivreghdfe
net install ftools, from(c:\git\ftools)
net install reghdfe, from(c:\git\reghdfe)
net install ivreghdfe, from(c:\git\ivreghdfe)
ftools, compile
reghdfe, compile

Description

reghdfe is a Stata package that estimates linear regressions with multiple levels of fixed effects. It works as a generalization of the built-in areg, xtreg,fe and xtivreg,fe regression commands. It's objectives are similar to the R package lfe by Simen Gaure and to the Julia package FixedEffectModels by Matthieu Gomez (beta). It's features include:

  • A novel and robust algorithm that efficiently absorbs multiple fixed effects. It improves on the work by Abowd et al, 2002, Guimaraes and Portugal, 2010 and Simen Gaure, 2013. This algorithm works particularly well on "hard cases" that converge very slowly (or fail to converge) with the existing algorithms.
  • Extremely fast compared to similar Stata programs.
    • With one fixed effect and clustered-standard errors, it is 3-4 times faster than areg and xtreg,fe (see benchmarks). Note: speed improvements in Stata 14 have reduced this gap.
    • With multiple fixed effects, it is at least an order of magnitude faster that the alternatives (reg2hdfe, a2reg, felsdvreg, res2fe, etc.). Note: a recent paper by Somaini and Wolak, 2015 reported that res2fe was faster than reghdfe on some scenarios (namely, with only two fixed effects, where the second fixed effect was low-dimensional). This is no longer correct for the current version of reghdfe, which outperforms res2fe even on the authors' benchmark (with a low-dimensional second fixed effect; see the benchmark results and the Stata code).
  • Allows two- and multi-way clustering of standard errors, as described in Cameron et al (2011)
  • Allows an extensive list of robust variance estimators (thanks to the avar package by Kit Baum and Mark Schaffer).
  • Works with instrumental-variable and GMM estimators (such as two-step-GMM, LIML, etc.) thanks to the ivreg2 routine by Baum, Schaffer and Stillman.
  • Allows multiple heterogeneous slopes (e.g. a separate slope coefficients for each individual).
  • Supports all standard Stata features:
    • Frequency, probability, and analytic weights.
    • Time-series and factor variables.
    • Fixed effects and cluster variables can be expressed as factor interactions, for both convenience and speed (e.g. directly using state#year instead of previously using egen group to generate the state-year combination).
    • Postestimation commands such as predict and test.
  • Allows precomputing results with the cache() option, so subsequent regressions are faster.
  • If requested, saves the point estimates of the fixed effects (caveat emptor: these fixed effects may not be consistent nor identifiable; see the Abowd paper for an introduction to the topic).
  • Calculates the degrees-of-freedom lost due to the fixed effects (beyond two levels of fixed effects this is still an open problem, but we provide a conservative upper bound).
  • Avoids common pitfalls, by excluding singleton groups (see notes), computing correct within- adjusted-R-squares (see initial discussion), etc.

Author

Sergio Correia
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve
Email: sergio.correia@gmail.com

Acknowledgments

This package wouldn't have existed without the invaluable feedback and contributions of Paulo Guimaraes, Amine Ouazad, Mark E. Schaffer, Kit Baum and Matthieu Gomez. Also invaluable are the great bug-spotting abilities of many users.

Contributing

Contributors and pull requests are more than welcome. There are a number of extension possibilities, such as estimating standard errors for the fixed effects using bootstrapping, exact computation of degrees-of-freedom for more than two HDFEs, and further improvements in the underlying algorithm.