Category Archives: Statistics

Authoritarian Regime Data

If anyone is interested in studying autocratic regimes, Milan Svolik’s datasets, from his (2012) book The Politics of Authoritarian Rule, are now available. The datasets include information on regimes, leaders, ruling coalitions, and institutions. Below, I include a link to the data. reading

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Considering the upcoming seminar on democracy and autocracy, I thought it would be good to mention that the University of Bern has a few comparative datasets on OECD and Post-Communist countries. University of Bern OECD and Post-Communist Data

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Robustness checks for robust standard errors

Gary King and Margaret Roberts have a recent paper that you need to read before using robust standard errors. I know I have made the mistakes outlined in the article and many others have as well. King and Roberts provide a simple … Continue reading

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Gretl for Statistics

For those who may be interested in having a statistics package on their computer without having to pay a yearly licensing fee, you may want to take a look at Gretl. It is an open source statistical package that seems to have a growing … Continue reading

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kountry command in Stata

For those doing cross-national analysis in Stata, the kountry command allows for easy transitions between different coding schemes when merging data. For example, you can easily change a dataset identified with World Bank isocodes to one identified with Correlates of War codes.

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wbopendata module for Stata

For those using World Bank data in Stata, here is a nice module that allows you to directly access much of the data directly through the Stata interface.

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Four key assumptions in multiple regression

A useful reminder.  See the link here.

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