ECON 255
Econometrics Spring 2025 (also offered Fall 2024)
Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning

Class Details

An introduction to the theory and practice of applied quantitative economic analysis. This course familiarizes students with the strengths and weaknesses of the basic empirical methods used by economists to evaluate economic theory against economic data. Emphasizes both the statistical foundations of regression techniques and the practical application of those techniques in empirical research, with a focus on understanding when a causal interpretation is warranted. Computer exercises will provide experience in using the empirical methods, but no previous computer experience is expected. Highly recommended for students considering graduate training in economics or public policy.
The Class: Format: lecture
Limit: 30
Expected: 30
Class#: 3880
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Requirements vary by professor, but typically include frequent problem sets, multiple exams, a group project, and possible additional assignments or quizzes.
Prerequisites: MATH 130, plus STAT 161, 201 or 202 (or equivalent, including a score of 5 on the AP Statistics Exam), plus one course in ECON; STAT 101 will also serve as a prerequisite, but only if taken prior to the fall of 2018
Enrollment Preferences: Current or prospective Economics and Political Economy majors.
Unit Notes: Students may substitute the combination of STAT 201 and 346 for ECON 255
Distributions: Division II Quantitative/Formal Reasoning
QFR Notes: Course teaches research tools necessary to analyze data.
Attributes: POEC Required Courses

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