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Temple University

Department of Economics

Economics 615 Econometrics I

Fall 2001

Speakman Room 212

Wednesday 7:25 PM - 9:55 PM

Information for an electronic age:

Send me email: Andrew J. Buck

Call me: 215-204-1985
FAX me: 215-204-8173

Visit me:

813 Ritter Annex
Any time on Wednesday

Texts and other materials:

Econometric Analysis, 4th Ed., William H. Greene, Prentice-Hall, 2000.
  This book is the most widely used text in U..S. grad programs.  It will challenge you every step of the way, but it is well worth the investment in time and money.  The fourth edition is not much changed from the third.  However, the fourth edition has a CD with the data sets from the text and an abbreviated version of LIMDEP, Greene's statistical software package.  BUY THE 4TH EDITION.

Optional (If you can find a copy):  Basic Econometrics, 3rd Ed., Damodar Gujarati, McGraw-Hill, 1995.
  Gujarati's book is a nice undergraduate treatment of econometrics. It is short on theory and has many numerical examples; as such it makes good background reading for Greene.

Electronic Texts:

The syllabus has many links to the lecture notes which I have written over the years. The lecture notes are meant to be read along with the text for the course. In addition I have links to a set of lecture notes prepared by Douglas J. Miller (Ph.D., Berkeley, 1994), Assistant Professor of Economics, Iowa State University. His excellent lecture notes are more advanced than my own.

There is an index to other courses notes available online.  The files are predominantly in *.pdf and so your computer is nothing more than an electronic page turner.

Links to some graphic JAVA applets to aid your understanding. 

Rules of the Game: Attendance is at your discretion, but I have not met anyone who can do well in graduate school without a near religious commitment to the course of study. You should read the assignments before coming to class. This applies even if you feel that we are way behind schedule or that your are better prepared than the other students in the class. As in all of your classes, the subject is cumulative. Sometimes an earlier discussion will become clearer by having read material which comes after it. Our time in class is brief. To make the most of that class time you should write out your questions and bring them with you; you should quiz yourself on what you have read; you should get together in study groups and quiz one another. If you haven't already heard, this class is demanding.  Come to class prepared and don't fall behind.  You can read some more about where we are headed with 615 and 616.

Course Grade Determination:

Homework 25%
Midterm 25%
Final 25%
Paper 25%

Homework: To discourage late homework, it is accepted at only 50% of the lowest score earned by those who turned it in on time.  The PhD is a research degree.  When you are done you are certified as having the ability to conceptualize, research and solve problems in economics.  The practical consequence of this is that you may have to do some research in order to do your homework.  This semester I have drawn the homework assignments from similar courses offered at other universities.  This should give you some idea of what your peers are doing around the world.

Paper: You will note in the syllabus that there are some interim products which must be produced as part of your research paper. If you do not submit the interim products then I will not accept the paper.  You must turn in a diskette with your data and regression programs. A late paper will automatically receive a grade no higher than a 90%.

Exams: The midterm will cover all material to that point.  It is mandatory. The final is cumulative and mandatory. Only a note from an MD will be accepted for missing an exam. The date for the final is included in the syllabus, make your travel plans accordingly.

Syllabus: The following table will provide you with a schedule for homework, reading and exams. Econometrics is not the sort of subject that can be left for a last minute cram. It takes a continuous level of effort.

Date Topic Reading Sample Hwks Hwk for Fall 2001
Aug 29 Descriptive Statistics and Probability Greene, Chap 3    
Sept 5 Random Variables and Distributions Greene, Chap 3 Paper Title  
Sept 12 Sampling Distributions and Estimation Greene, Chap 4 Homework 1: Desc Stats, Prob and R.V.s
Paper Abstract - Statement of Problem
Probability and RV's: Part I
Sept 19 Hypothesis Testing, Small Sample and Large Sample Greene, Chap 4, Miller L15 Hwk 2: Sampling

Answer Key

Probability and RV's: Part II

Answer Key

Sept 26 Analysis of Variance   Hwk 3: Intro to Statistical Inference
Answer Key

Answer Key

Oct 3 Simple Regression, MVNB: Simple Regression      
October 10 Mid-term Exam and Answer Key from 1999.

Exam and Key for Fall 2001

  Hwk 4: Simple Regression Simple Regression
October 17 Matrix Algebra Greene, Chap 2 Annotated Bibliography  
October 24 Multiple Regression: OLS, RLS and their Properties, An Application Greene, Chap 6; Miller L1, L2, L3    
October 31 Multiple Regression: Gauss-Markov and GLS Greene, Chap 6 Hwk 5: OLS Computations,
Answer Key
November 7 Hypothesis Testing:t-tests, F-tests, large sample tests Greene, Chap 7; Miller L9, L16, L17 Detailed Outline Multiple Regression
November 14 Data Problems: Misspecification, Missing Data, Multicollinearity Greene, Chap 9; MillerL8 Hwk 6: Bread and Meat: Data
Answer Key
Gauss Markov
November 28 Heteroscedasticity Greene, Chap 12   Hypothesis Testing

Answers to the first question of this problem set.

December 5 Autocorrelation Greene, Chap 13 Hwk 7: Almon Lags, Data
Answer Key
December 12 Final Exam

Fall 1998
Fall 1999

Key Fall 2001

Hwk 8: Autocorrelation and data, Answer Key

To get the set of MathCAD documents I have been using in class click for the self-extracting file.

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