Department of Economics
Professor Dale J. Poirier
University of California, Irvine
September 22, 2011
ECON 220A / 221A
Statistics and Econometrics I
Fall, 2011
SYLLABUS
Time and Location:
ECON 220A meets Tuesday and Thursday, 11:00am  12:20pm, in SSPA
3132. ECON 221A (Laboratory) meets Friday 11:00am  12:20pm, in SSPA 3132. Students
must
enroll in both 220A and 221A. The instructor for the lab is Phillip Li ([email protected]). His office
hours will be determined during the first lab.
Office Hours:
W: 9:30am  11:30am; SSPA 3171; telephone: (949) 8243186; email:
[email protected]
Course Description:
This course covers probability and mathematical statistics necessary to
prepare students for econometric study and empirical work. Topics include probability theory,
distributions, sampling, and point estimation.
Prerequisite:
Graduate standing or consent of the instructor.
Grading:
There are two
openbook
exams worth 1/3 and 2/3, respectively. Homework problems
from class notes are covered in weekly laboratory sessions. Although homework assignments are
not
collected, their mastery is essential for satisfactory completion of the exams.
Course Materials:
Poirier, D. J., 1995,
Intermediate Statistics and Econometrics: A Comparative Approach
(MIT Press).
Supplementary Course Materials:
The following books may be helpful.
1.
Abadir, K. M. and J. R. Magnus, 2005,
Matrix Algebra
, Cambridge University Press.
2.
Angrist, J. D. And J.S. Pischke, 2009,
Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An
Empiricist’s Companion
(Princeton).
3.
Bierens, H. J., 2004,
Introduction to the Mathematical and Statistical Foundations of
Econometrics
(Cambridge University Press).
4.
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