What follows is a longish controversy (two critiques, a reply and two rejoinders) over the quality of the estimates and associated SEs provided by Plümper and Troeger's (2007) “fixed-effect vector decomposition” (FEVD) procedure; Plümper and Troeger (PT) will refer to that article and not any persons. My role is to lay out some issues that separate the authors rather than to adjudicate between them. As with many controversies, a bit of heat is generated along with some light. Readers care a bit less than the authors about what was said when, but they do care a lot about what appropriate method to use when a panel data model has both unit-specific intercepts and variables that are invariant over a unit. Thus, I also take it upon myself to discuss some things that I gleaned from this controversy; this discussion has a bit less heat than what follows, but of course readers should judge the evidence for themselves.
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