Spring 2010 Course Description

Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis

Section Title: Analyzing Government Economic Statistics
Instructor(s): Robert Auerbach
Course: P A 397C - Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis
(previously Applied Quantitative Analysis II)
Unique Number: 62715
Day & Time: Thursdays, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Room: SRH 3.355
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This course fulfills requirements for the following specialization(s):

Description: “Eureka, there’s a 98 percent correlation!” Many users of time series data do not realize that trends and common movements of observations of variables over time, such as employment and prices over seasons and business cycles, present special problems. Improper tests can find statistical correlations that do not indicate causality. Also, mutilation problems arise from a commonly used smoothing procedure: moving averages. This is a user-friendly course in applied statistics in which estimates of economic activity including national income estimates, employment survey data, and financial data will be described. Attempted solutions will be presented for transforming time series for testing purposes. The methods presented include Granger causality tests, autoregressive filter procedures, and cointegration procedures. Control problems that occur when a variable is under the control of the government will be addressed. There will be a final statistical project.

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