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INTRODUCTION TO PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Economics 319
Fall 2008
Department of Economics, Cornell University
TR 1:252:40PM Baker Laboratory  219
INSTRUCTOR:
Prof. Francesca Molinari
OFFICE:
Uris Hall 492
TELEPHONE:
(607) 2556367
EMAIL:
fm72@cornell.edu
CLASS URL
:
http://blackboard.cornell.edu/
OFFICE HOURS:
R 10:0011:15am
TEACHING ASSISTANT:
Simon Kwok
SECTION 1:
F 10:1011:00 am GSH G22
SECTION 2:
F 11:1512:05 am GSH G22
OFFICE:
Uris Hall 457
EMAIL:
sk528@cornell.edu
OFFICE HOURS:
M 2:305:30 pm
Course Description
of chance observed that there seemed to be ²rules³that governed the roll of dice or the results of
spinning a roulette wheel.
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But di´erences arose among gamblers about probabilities, and they
brought their questions to the noted mathematicians of their day.µThis was the motivation that
fueled the development of the modern theories of probability and statistics, which are now widely
applied in diverse ±elds of study, including economics, engineering, science, management, etc.
This course presents mathematical tools of probability and statistics that constitute the neces
sary foundations for the successful study of Econ 320, Introduction to Econometrics. These two
courses, Econ 319 and Econ 320, constitute the advanced sequence designed for students who plan
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