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ECON 303301: Econometrics Spring 2010

Department of Economics and Econometrics University of Notre Dame

Time: Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm – 4:45pm Classroom: 102 DeBartolo

Bill Evans Office: 437 Flanner Phone: 574-631-7039 Email: wevans1@nd.edu

Class web page: http://www.nd.ed/~wevans1/econ30331.htl


Jeffrey Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 4th Edition, South-

Western, Cengage Learning. ISBN10: 0324581629

ISBN13: 9780324581621

Along with this book, I will assign mandatory readings of academic articles. The readings are available for download in PDF format from the class web page. To comply with copy write laws, the web page is password protected and your NetId/password will provide you access to the articles.

Office Hours: Mondays, 1:30pm – 3:30pm, Tuesdays 9:00am – 11:00am, and by appointment.

I am never far from email. If you have a question, please feel free to contact me at wevans1@nd.edu.

Course rationale, objective and theme: What separates economics from most other social sciences is that our discipline begins with a few basic assumptions and utilizes these as building blocks for extensive models of the real world. Models are only useful if they can be tested with data and economists have developed extensive statistical models that are used to test their theories. The workhorse statistical model in the social sciences is the ordinary least squares (OLS) regression. The bulk of the course will be outlining the theory behind and the properties of the OLS model. The course will however not just be an abstract exercise. For each topic, I will first present a standard textbook treatment of the topic. Next, we will read some academic papers that used the techniques outlined in class. Students will be expected to read the assigned papers and be able to discuss not only the econometric techniques used but also the economic issues as well. Finally, I will provide sample code that illustrates how one would obtain estimates given appropriate data.

The class will use the STATA statistical software package. STATA is a fast and versatile program that was written by economists so it is more intuitive for people in our field. STATA is also the program of choice for applied micro economists. Knowledge of STATA will greatly enhance your ability to get a job after graduation.


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