Examinations: The mid-term examination will be held Thursday, March 4th. The final exam will be held in the classroom on Wednesday, May 5th from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
Exams will be a mix of problems like those from the problem sets, and discussion-type questions.
Makeup exams will only be given for students who have a valid University excuse, applied for in writing and adequately documented. I must receive documentation within 48 hours of the missed exam. Please familiarize yourself with student responsibilities concerning missed exams, missed assignments, etc.
Paper: A group research project is due at the start of class, Tuesday, April 27th, which is the last day of class. More information about the project will be given later in the semester but in a nutshell, I will provide you will a data set and a fairly narrow research question and you will be expected to review the relevant literature, estimate models to answer the particular question, and write up the results as if this were an academic paper. The assignment will be distributed on the first class after Spring Break (Tuesday, March 16th). You will work in groups of two or three and you must identify your group by Tuesday, March 23rd. It is assumed that if your name is one the paper, you make equal contributions to the project. Grades on the paper will be based on the quality of the writing (grammar counts), the justification for the model you estimate, and the accuracy with which you interpret your statistical models.
Please familiarize yourself with the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor: http://www.nd.edu/~hnrcode/docs/handbook.htm.
Brief Outline, ECON 30331 Spring 2010
Moving from correlation to causation Chapter 1, Wooldridge
The bivariate regression model Chapter 2, Wooldridge
Multiple regression analysis: estimation Chapter 3, Wooldridge
Multiple regression analysis: inference Chapter 4, Wooldridge
Dummy variables Chapter 7, Wooldridge
Applications – Some papers Bertrand, Marianne and Sendhil Mullainathan, “Are Emily and Greg More Employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A Field Experiment on Labor Market Discrimination,” American Economic Review, 94(4), 2004, 991-1013.