SPSS 15 and above currently supports Stata up to version 9. A Stata data file can be read in SPSS either via pull-down menu or via syntax using the get stata file command.
Using the pull-down menus select File -> Open -> Data... and then for Files of Type select the appropriate data file type; then select the file from the list and click Open. That is all to it.
With SPSS syntax we can use the get stata file command to read in a Stata data file.
get stata file='C:\data\states.dta'.
If you have a newer version of Stata such as Stata 10, you can save a data file as a version 9 file with the saveold command. Here is an example.
use http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/notes/hsb2, clear
(highschool and beyond (200 cases)) saveold "c:\data\hsb2old.dta" file c:\data\hsb2old.dta saved
The most updated version of Stat/Transfer will recognize Stata version 10 data files and converting Stata data files to SPSS is fairly straightforward.
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