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Economics 20: Econometrics Professor Ethan Lewis Dartmouth College Winter Quarter, 2011 E CONOMICS  20: E CONOMETRICS S YLLABUS C ONTACT Professor Ethan Lewis Office Hours: 304 Rockefeller Hall Thr 12-1 and TBA   Phone:  646-2943 Email: [email protected] F INAL  E XAM : The final exam will take place on Sunday, March 13 at 8am. O VERVIEW : This course intends to expose you to the statistical techniques that economists use for estimating,  testing, and forecasting economic relationships. The emphasis is on understanding the techniques  involved   and   also   on   what   they   mean   in   terms   of   the   economic   problem   being   studied.  Successful completion of this course should allow you to (1) read much of the professional  empirical literature in economics and (2) be prepared to start doing independent research using  economic data, particularly in a 40 level class.  A group project is part of the latter preparation. There will be significant emphasis on the use of the statistical software STATA.  This software is  free to students and can be downloaded from the site (please download STATA 11): (PCs)   (Macs) Mac Users will also need the key access software (also available on that page, if you don’t have  it already), and PC users will need to input the license information in the text file bundled with  the download.  This software will be introduced in a special STATA tutorial class When: Friday, January 14 Where: 61 Carson (Berry Instructional Center) - Page 1 of 7 -
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Economics 20: Econometrics Professor Ethan Lewis Dartmouth College Winter Quarter, 2011 P REREQUISITES This course assumes that you have a good grasp of the concepts covered in Economics 1, 10 and  Math 3. For example, you should be familiar with the material in Appendices A, B, C (excluding  “maximum likelihood”) in the Wooldridge text. If you are not comfortable with this material,  you should make time out of class to review this material.  It is extremely unlikely that you will  pass this course without knowledge of this material.    The first problem set will largely be  based on this material, without any supporting lectures. C
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