Frequently Asked Questions: Stata Files

Q. Why do all of my labels and variable names come out in lower case when I transfer a file to Stata?

A. That’s not a bug — it’s a feature. We respect the “style” of the package to which we are transferring and case-sensitive packages such as S-Plus and Stata favor lower case letters. If you would like to maintain the case of your variable names and labels, check the Variable Name Case Conversion options under General Options.