Stata Rolling command vs asreg for rolling regressions: Similarities and differences

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Stata Rolling command vs asreg for rolling regressions: Similarities and differences

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Karina van Kuijk asked the following question:

Question: 

I need to calculate the factor sensitivity of firms to ultimately sort portfolio’s based on this factor. I have found the asreg Stata code on your website and I was wondering if this code would be useful for my purpose. However, if I compare the rolling Stata code with your aserg program on a small dataset, I won’t get the same results.

Answer 

The key difference between the Stata’s official rolling command and asreg [see this blog entry for installation] is in their speeds. asreg is an order of magnitude faster than rolling.  There are other differences with respect to how these two calculate the regression components in a rolling window.  For example, rolling command will report statistics when the rolling window reaches the required length while asreg reports statistics when the number of observations is greater than the parameters being estimated. Therefore, if we have one independent variable and use a rolling window of 10 periods, rolling will report statistics from the 10th period in the dataset. However, asreg will report statistics from the 3rd observation (two parameters here, the coefficient of the independent variable and the intercept).  To make the results of asreg at par with the rolling command, let us use an example:

 

Example

Let us use the grunfeld data that has 10 companies and 20 years of time series for each company. We shall use the variables invest as dependent variable and mvalue as the independent variable.  Therefore, the rolling command will look like:

 

webuse grunfeld

rolling _b, window(10) saving (beta, replace): reg invest mvalue

The results from the rolling command are reported below only for the first company

 

company start end _b_cons _b_mvalue
1 1935 1944 186.5406 .0562316
1 1936 1945 196.1084 .0573704
1 1937 1946 106.4769 .0847188
1 1938 1947 53.12083 .1053145
1 1939 1948 364.5426 .0359897
1 1940 1949 372.5457 .0400371
1 1941 1950 360.8489 .04835
1 1942 1951 213.7943 .090357
1 1943 1952 119.8572 .1195415
1 1944 1953 -284.6031 .2229699
1 1945 1954 -496.6066 .2841584

 

To find similar results with asreg, we shall type:

bysort company: asreg invest mvalue, wind(year 10)

 

asreg generated the following results for the first company:

 

company year _Nobs _R2 _adjR2 _b_cons _b_mvalue
1 1935 . . . . .
1 1936 . . . . .
1 1937 3 .98568503 .97137006 192.3812 .04135324
1 1938 4 .91957661 .87936492 129.06727 .05411168
1 1939 5 .86795099 .82393465 129.91674 .05233687
1 1940 6 .69944952 .6243119 108.59266 .06102699
1 1941 7 .54085608 .4490273 91.235677 .06942586
1 1942 8 .31250011 .19791679 182.86065 .05101677
1 1943 9 .25355654 .14692176 197.08754 .05052367
1 1944 10 .24298452 .14835759 186.54064 .05623158
1 1945 10 .20582267 .10655051 196.10839 .05737045
1 1946 10 .29515806 .20705282 106.47691 .0847188
1 1947 10 .3728928 .2945044 53.120829 .10531451
1 1948 10 .05894158 -.05869073 364.54258 .03598974
1 1949 10 .1461912 .0394651 372.54574 .04003715
1 1950 10 .18946219 .08814496 360.84887 .04834995
1 1951 10 .41646846 .34352702 213.79429 .09035704
1 1952 10 .38796888 .31146499 119.85717 .11954148
1 1953 10 .69741758 .65959478 -284.60313 .22296989
1 1954 10 .67138447 .63030752 -496.6066 .28415839

 

As mentioned above, asreg does not wait for the full window to get the required number of period. Therefore, results from the rolling command and asreg start to match only from the 10th observation,  i.e., the year 1944. If you like asreg to ignore observation unless the minimum number of periods are available, you can use the option min. So to match the results with the rolling command, we can type:

bysort company: asreg invest mvalue, wind(year 10) min(9)

 

and there you go, asreg produces the same coefficients as the rolling command, with blistering speed.

 

Please do cite asreg in your research

 

In-text citation

Rolling regressions were estimated using asreg, a Stata program written by Shah (2017).

 

Bibliography

Shah, Attaullah, (2017), ASREG: Stata module to estimate rolling window regressions. Fama-MacBeth and by(group) regressions, https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:boc:bocode:s458339.


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Karina van Kuijk

June 11, 2018at 10:29 pm

Dear mr. Shah,

Thank you very much for your detailed post.

Regards,

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