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QUANTITATIVE ASSIGNMENT ECON 120B: ECONOMETRICS II UCSD, SUMMER SESSION II - 2009 Our textbook, Stock and Watson (2nd ed.), has been using a data set on California students' performance on test scores throughout all the chapters. This points out an important trend in academia and government, in which policy-makers are relying on the analysis of economists to make decisions about social issues. I.e., econometrics is useful for any field that has data. The data for this assignment is contained in a comma separated values file called caschool.csv, and you can find a description of that data and the variables in the file called DataDescription_CaliforniaTestScores.pdf. It's VERY important that you read the descriptions so that you know what the variables are and what units they are in. If you have been keeping up with the Friday sections, you should be able to do this assignment in one day. The learning process for figuring out how to use new programs (such as STATA) is to do searches in STATA's help menu, ask around, and sometimes doing searches on the web will help. A lot of times, it's trial and error. Please note that you must work in groups of 3 to 5 people, and turn in one typed assignment per group (put all of your names on it). If you choose to not work in a group, 5% will be deducted from your score. The good thing about working in a group is that you will help each other figure things out. Moreover, this group will be great to study with for the final exam. I am providing this document as a MS Word document so that you can go ahead and type your answers directly here. Bold the text of your answers as you type them. Don't go overboard. .. simply write one or two concise, informative sentences in addition to the numbers you need to report. Quality, not quantity!!! Our tentative schedule says that this assignment is due on Friday, August 28th.
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This note was uploaded on 09/19/2009 for the course ECON 656820 taught by Professor Megerdichian during the Summer '09 term at UCSD.

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