Is it possible to download data in STATA 13 format? It looks like it's now STATA 14 or 15 and I can't open it.


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Is it possible to download data in STATA 13 format? It looks like it’s now STATA 14 or 15, because I have STATA 13 and I get the error “File usa_00043.dta is from a more recent version of Stata”. This usually comes up when I try opening data which is saved in STATA 14 or 15. I was able to open IPUMS data with my current version until very recently.

Is there any way to request an older version of the data format?


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This should only occur if you ask the IPUMS data extract system to prepare a .dta file for you. Our server uses a fancy new version of Stata and therefore the .dta file will be too new to open on older versions of Stata. This is not a problem, however, if you download the command .do file and the compressed data .dat file. I have Stata 13 on my computer and it works fine for me. An online video tutorial for how to download, decompress, and read data into Stata is available here.