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I'm typesetting my PhD dissertation but have run in to some unexpected troubles using chapterbib. I'm working with a custom bibliography style file (aea.bst) and want LaTeX to typeset \cite{boun01} as (Bound, Brown and Mathiowetz, 2001) instead of [1]. However, when I compile my document, I receive the following error message

36: Package natbib Error: Bibliography not compatible with author-year citations. (natbib) Press to continue in numerical citation style.

A minimal reproducible example is provided below.

The main file:








title={Measurement error in survey data},
author={Bound, John and Brown, Charles and Mathiowetz, Nancy},
journal={Handbook of econometrics},
title={Optimal consumption with stochastic income: Deviations from certainty equivalence},
author={Zeldes, Stephen P},
journal={The Quarterly Journal of Economics},
publisher={Oxford University Press}

and finally, aea.bst, can be downloaded here http://faculty.ses.wsu.edu/Cassey/Webpage/Bib_files/aea.bst.txt

(save as aea.bst).

Thanks in advance, best, Sebastian

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closed as off-topic by Qrrbrbirlbel, Heiko Oberdiek, karlkoeller, Thorsten, cmhughes Aug 12 '13 at 7:48

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I am not able to reproduce your error. Your MWE works beautifully with TL2013 although \cite{boun01} produces the output (Bound et al., 2001) instead of (Bound, Brown and Mathiowetz, 2001). – DG' Aug 11 '13 at 16:11
I just compiled in TeXShop instead of Texpad, and everything works fine now. Sorry for the bother. – Sebastian Barfort Aug 11 '13 at 16:33
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an error that could not be reproduced by others and seems to be resolved by the questioner. – Heiko Oberdiek Aug 12 '13 at 7:04