Introduction to Stata


Friday, February 14, 2020, 9:30am to 12:30pm


IQSS - CGIS Knafel building, Room K018


This class will provide a hands-on introduction to Stata and introduce common data management techniques You will learn how to navigate Stata’s graphical user interface, create log files, and import data from a variety of software packages. We will also share tips for getting started with Stata including the creation and organization of do-files, examining descriptive statistics, and managing data and value labels.

Data management topics covered include basic data manipulation commands such as: recoding variables, creating new variables, working with missing data, and generating variables based on complex selection criteria. Participants will be introduced to strategies for merging datasets (adding both variables and observations), and collapsing datasets.

The duration of the workshop is 3 hours. Computers with Stata installed are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If you will use your own laptop, please install Stata in advance. Stata downloads for FAS affiliates are available at HBS faculty, staff, and students should contact for a license. 

Notes and materials for this workshop are available at 

Audience: Harvard Faculty, Students, and Staff are all welcome.
Pre-Requisites: None
Software Version: Stata version >= 15, available for FAS affiliates from 
Cost: none
Late Drop/Cancel Fee: none

This workshop is being conducted in partnership with the Data Science Services group at IQSS. Please email with questions.

See also: Stata