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9:00 - 9:20        Registration
9:20 - 9:30        Welcome

9:30 - 11:00      Invited speaker

"Estimation of high dimensional models"

[Stata examples]

Paulo Guimarães, FEP and cef.up, U Porto

Abstract: In this presentation, I show a detailed discussion of an alternative iterative approach for the estimation of linear regression models with two high-dimensional fixed-effects, such as large employer-employee datasets. I also show how to extend the approach to three high-dimensional fixed effects. Finally, I show how the algorithm may be used for estimation of several high dimensional nonlinear models.

11:00 - 11:30    Coffee-break

11:30 - 12:45    Presentations

"The Determinants of Private Sector andMultilateral Development Agencies Participationin Infrastructure Projects", Maria Basílio, IP Beja (appendix)

"Is there evidence for the existence of a financial accelerator mechanism in the Portuguese manufacturing sector?", Jorge Cunha, U Minho

"Producing output tables from multiple regressions for Latex using Stata", Miguel Portela, U Minho

12:45 - 14:15    Lunch

14:15 - 16:00    Presentations

"The price of unobservables and the employer size-wage premium", João Cerejeira Silva, U Minho and NIPE

"Teaching meta-analysis using STATA", Nuno Lunet, U Porto

"Intelligent Data Analysis of Clinical Trials with Stata", Antonio Gouveia de Oliveira, U Nova de Lisboa

16:00 - 16:30    Coffee-break

16:30 - 17:30    Stata speaker

"Getting Graphs a Good Look: Schemes and the Graph Editor"

Bill Rising, StataCorp, LP

Abstract: Users often need a consistent look for their Stata graphs for publications or internal documents. For a single graph, the changes can be made by including options. For many graphs it is better to create a scheme or graph recording which automates the changes and simplifies the graph commands. I will show how to make simple schemes and graph recordings so that you can get a consistent look for all your graphs.

17:30 - 17:45    Coffee-break

17:45 - 18:15    Report to Users, Bill Rising, StataCorp, LP

18:15 - 19:00    Wishes and Grumbles

20:15 -              Dinner

Announcement and call for presentations

The first Portuguese Stata Users Group meeting will be held at School of Economics and Management, University of Minho on Friday, September 17, 2010. The objective of the meeting is to provide Stata users the opportunity to exchange ideas, experiences and information on new applications of the software. Everybody who is interested in using Stata is welcome.

Presentations are sought on topics that include the following:

  • user-written Stata programs
  • case studies of research or teaching using Stata
  • discussions of data-management problems
  • reviews of analytical issues

The conference language will be English (see for the proceedings of other Users Group meetings).




September 17, 2010


School of Economics and Management, University of Minho

Campus de Gualtar

4710-057 Braga


Cost Base Students Presenters


45 EUR 20 EUR Exempt
Dinner (Optional) 25 EUR


Timberlake Consultants generously sponsors registration fee waivers for presentations (only one fee waiver per presentation, regardless of number of authors involved).

Submission guidelines

If you are interested in presenting, please submit an abstract (max 200 words) by email to Dina Guimarães ( The deadline for submissions is July 7, 2010. Please include your name and affiliation in the email. The scientific organizers will make a preliminary selection by July 21, 2010. If selected, you must submit a final version of your presentation (powerpoint or pdf) by September 3, 2010. Short papers (max 10 pages) are also welcome. Presentations should be 20 minutes or shorter.


Scientific organizers

Antonio Gouveia Oliveira

Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Universidade Nova de Lisboa



João Cerejeira

NIPE, Escola de Economia e Gestão, Universidade do Minho



Jorge Caiado
CEMAPRE, ISEG, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa



Miguel Portela
NIPE, Escola de Economia e Gestão, Universidade do Minho


Logistics coordinator

The logistics are being organized by Dina Guimarães (


Invited speaker

Paulo Guimarães

FEP and cef.up, U Porto


Stata speaker

Bill Rising

Director of Educational Services

StataCorp, LP



Timberlake Consultores: Stata distributors

Luís Barros


NIPE - Economic Policies Research Unit                   



The meeting will take place at Escola de Economia e Gestão, Universidade do Minho, Campus de Gualtar, Braga, Portugal.

Click here for link to location map.

City Map

For enquiries please contact Dina Guimarães:


Participants are asked to travel at their own expense. The conference fee covers costs for coffee breaks, lunches and course materials. There will also be an optional dinner at a restaurant in Braga on Friday evening at an additional cost (25 EUR).

You can enroll by contacting Dina Guimarães ( by email.


Participants benefit from a special rate with "Hotel Lamaçães" (10 minutes walking distance): € 35 for an individual room and € 40 for double rooms (including breakfast), or with Hotéis Bom Jesus (4 Kms from Braga´s centre at Bom Jesus mountain - see special rates here).

Alternatively, the "Albergaria Bracara Augusta” (city centre) has also a special rate of € 55,20 for an individual room and € 71,20 for double rooms (including breakfast). In the city center you can also consider "Hotel Turismo" (€ 55, single room) or "Hotel Carandá" (€ 34, single room). Also in the city centre, the Albergaria Sra-a-Branca has a special rate of € 34.5 for an individual room and € 47.5 for double rooms (including breakfast and parking).

To benefit from this special rate, participants should contact directly the hotel and book the room until September 10, mentioning that they are attending the Stata users meeting, at the Universidade do Minho. There is plenty of other good value alternatives downtown. Here you can find information on some of the available options.


The closest airport to Braga is Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto. For details on how to get from there to Universidade do Minho, please follow the link how to get to Universidade do Minho. Note that as an alternative, you can take the subway, Line Violeta to Campanhã Station [about 33 minutes, €1.35, between 6am and 1:30am]. From there you should get the train to Braga. Information on train prices and timetables can be found in the CP website. Braga train station is 5 minutes walking distance from the city centre.