Data on my mind

I haven’t blogged in a while.

I’ve been trying to put together my data set for my Capstone project. I know I’m supposed to have my question, then get the data, then do the analysis…but I just need to graduate! okay! I want to make sure I actually have a data set to work with, then I’ll get my question, then I’ll create the relevant sample and do my analysis.

What’s taking so long?

It’s a gravity data set. It contains information on the bilateral trade costs (and other factors) for EVERY country pair, for as many years that you want.

To get this together I’m combining:

  1. World Development Indications from the World Bank (namely GDP, Population for several years).
  2. Distance and Geographical information from CEPII (Centre de recherche français dans le domaine de l’économie internationale).
  3. All the bilateral trade flows (imports and exports) for several years from the UN COMTRADE (United Nations Commodity Trade Statistics Database).

Sounds simple enough right?


But fear not. Come hell or high water I will be graduating in December 2016!


There are tons of online resources that helped me figure out exactly what needs to be done, and I will meet with my adviser soon.

It would also be beyond great if this paper could be published in an academic journal!


Oh and just in case you’re curious, I’m programming this data in Stata.



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