This course is the first is a two quarter sequence in
graduate-level econometrics. This
course will stress models and methods over formal proofs (for proofs etc. take Econ 583). We will
spend a great deal of time on the computer doing applied econometrics and we will use the
econometrics program EVIEWS and the matrix programming language MATLAB for most of our assignments.
Satisfactory completion of Econ 580 or equivalent.
Credit for this course is obtained by successfully completing
- weekly homework assignments (including computer labs) (10%)
- Empirical/Computer Exercise (20%)
- In class midterm exam (30%)
- In class final exam (40%)
I will distribute weekly homework assignments, which will be a combination
of computer labs using EVIEWS and/or MATLAB and analytical problems. Regarding the
homework assignments and computer programs, I or the TA will provide detailed instructions for using
EVIEWS and MATLAB. EVIEWS and MATLAB are available on the CSSCR network and in the
economics computer lab on the third floor of Savory Hall.
There will be Friday discussion sessions with the teaching assistant,
Textbooks and Other Background
The required textbooks are (the same textbooks are used in Econ 582):
- Econometrics, by Fumio Hyashi, Princeton University Press,
- The Practice of Econometrics: Classic and Contemporary, by Berndt, E.,
Note: Many of the applied homework assignments will be taken from Berndt's
book (similar empirical examples are in Hyashi's book as well). In addition to the textbook, I will also give
handouts of supplemental material in class and I will post scanned copies of my
handwritten notes on the notes page.
Other useful textbooks in
Basic econometrics (advanced undergraduate
texts - good intuition and less math)
- Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, by Jeffrey M.
Wooldridge, South-Western, 2000.
- Great examples and lots of data. Very well written.
- Introduction to Econometrics, by G.S. Maddala, Second Edition, MacMillan, 1992.
- Introductory Econometrics with Applications, by Ramu Ramanathan,
- An Introduction to Applied Econometric: A Time Series Approach,
by Kerry Patterson, St. Martin's Press, 2000.
- Econometric Models, Techniques, and Applications,
Second Edition, by Intriligator, Bodkin and Hsiao, Prentice Hall, 1996.
Intermediate Econometrics (first year
graduate texts - requires linear algebra)
- An Introduction to Classical Econometric Theory, by Paul A. Ruud,
- Excellent modern treatment. Somewhat on the theoretical side with
slightly strange notation.
- Econometric Foundations, by Judge, Middlehammer and Miller.
- Solid text with GAUSS examples.
- Econometric Methods, Fourth
Edition, by Jack Johnston and John Dinardo, McGraw-Hill, 1997.
- Classic text but feels dated.
- Econometrics, by Badi Baltagi, Springer, 1998
- Econometric Analysis 4th Edition, by William H. Greene, MacMillan Publishing,
- Now with stupid blue text!
- Introduction to the Theory and Practice of
Econometrics, by Judge, Griffiths, Hill, Lutkepohl and Lee, Wiley, 1992, (Baby Judge)
- Good for those weak in linear algebra.
Friendly text with lots of hand-holding.
- A Course in Econometrics, by Arthur Goldberger,
- Stresses the link between conditional
expectation and regression
- Introduction to Econometrics, by Ronald Gallant,
Advanced Econometrics (second year graduate
texts - lots of math and statistics)
- Econometric Theory, by James Davidson, Basil Blackwell, 2000.
- The Theory and Practice of Econometrics, Second Edition, by Judge et al.,
1994 (Big Daddy Judge).
- An encyclopedia of topics. Somewhat out of date.
- Advanced Econometrics, by T. Amemiya, Harvard, 1985.
- Estimation and Inference in Econometrics, by Russel Davidson and James MacKinnon,
- A truly great book! Emphasizes nonlinear regression and geometry.
- Statistics and Econometric Models, Vols. 1 & 2, by Christian Gourieroux and Alain Monfort,
Cambridge University Press, 1995.
- Statistical Foundations for Econometric Techniques, by Asad Zaman,
Academic Press, 1996.