Multicollinearity is usually considered a data deficiency and therefore transformations are generally performed prior to estimation of a model. First differencing in SHAZAM is easy. See the GENR command and the LAG function. To create the first difference of a variable called 'price' do:

```
genr lagprice = lag(price)
```

to create a variable called lagprice.

Then subtract this from price as follows:

```
genr dprice = price - lagprice
```

to create the differenced price variable dprice. You may print all 3 variables easily using:

```
print price lagprice dprice
```

Note that SHAZAM will automatically detect the sample size when loading a dataset but you can set the sample at the start where the syntax is *sample beg end*
e.g.

```
sample 1 200
```

The first difference form is usually expressed as follows:

$$Y_t - Y_{t-1} = \beta_2 (X_{2,t}-X_{2,t-1}) + \beta_3 (X_{3,t}-X_{3,t-1}) + ... + \beta_K (X_{K,t}-X_{K,t-1}) + \varepsilon_t $$

These days the definition of multicollinearity being the exact linear relationship between explanatory variables is broadened to include cases where X variables are "intercorrelated" - being a less exact relationship. Algebraically this says that there is a relationship between the variables, typically expressed as:

$$ \alpha_1X_1+\alpha_2X_2+...+\alpha_kX_k=0 $$

In this case, one approach is to run a regression with a transformation of the data. e.g. if it is believed that $\beta_3=0.4\beta_2$ then create $ X_{z,t}=X_{2,t}+0.4X_{3,t} $ , regress $ Y $ on $ X_z $ then calculate $ \beta_2,\beta_3 $ from the postulated relation using the estimate of $ \beta_z $ from the regression.

The Ratio Transformation Method can also be used to reduce collinearity in the original variables by dividing through one of the variables. i.e.

$$ Y_t/X_{3,t} = \beta_1(1/X_{3,t}) + \beta_2(X_{2,t}/X_{3,t}) + \beta_3 + \varepsilon_t/X_{3,t} $$

Using the same GENR command approach above it is possible to create each of these transformations before using the OLS command to estimate the regression.

The way to generate a constant in SHAZAM for the active sample length is

```
genr myconst = dum(1)
```

and then for a variable called $ X_3 $ transform myconst as follows

```
genr myconst = myconst / X3
```

then include it in the regression but note that SHAZAM includes a constant by default so use the NOCONSTANT option when specifiying the OLS command whenever you include your own.

Naturally all transformations come with a cost including loss of one observation through differencing (there is no lag of the first observation) and the effect on the residual - does transforming it make it serially correlated (or break other assumptions of the CLR model).