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UCLA Fall 2009
Office Hours: Wednesday 9:3011:30AM
Bruce Brown Bunche 2255
bbrown@econ.ucla.edu
ECONOMICS 41 – Statistics for Economists
Basic Information:
 Lectures: Mondays and
Wednesdays 8:009:15 AM in Broad 2160E
 Exam Dates Exam 1 Monday, 10/19; Exam 2 Monday 11/9; Final, Wednesday 12/9 11:302:30 AM
 Students must bring a photo ID and calculator with which they are familiar to all exams (this may not be
shared). No webenabled devices (such as cell phones) may be used during exams.
 Course web page is:
http://classes.sscnet.ucla.edu/course/view/09FECON411
 No problem sets will be assigned, but sample questions and answers are posted on the above site
 Students should ask questions regarding course material via the Discussion Board
 Messages may be left via email at bbrown@econ.ucla.edu or phone (909) 8695074 (during office hours use
310.794.7579, but do not leave messages here)
 Useful, relevant material is online at:
http://bcs.whfreeman.com/ips6e
 Official catalog description:
Lecture, three hours; discussion, one hour. Not open to students with credit for Statistics 11. Introduction to
probability and statistics for economists, with emphasis on rigorous arguments. Letter grading.
General Description:
This course emphasizes the practice of statistics. Standard statistical problems will be integrated with examples
(some, but not all from economics) in order to illustrate how statistical techniques and reasoning are used. The
material is somewhat technical, but not particularly mathematical. Students often find this course difficult and
should be able to devote a significant amount of time to this class in order to succeed. Practice solving problems
is essential to understand the material. Two primary goals of this course are to: i) prepare students to perform
simple analyses of data and to evaluate the analyses of others, and ii) prepare students to take Econometrics.
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