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Tikhon Rybakov
Tikhon Rybakov

A Handbook Of Statistical Analyses Using Stata __HOT__

Weekly Assignments30%Midterm Exam15%Final Exam30%Research Project25%All assignments are due at the beginning of class on the day designated in the course schedule. If you cannot make it to class, please leave the assignment with the department secretaries (in the Political Science office--745 SWKT) before class begins. Alternatively, you may email me the assignment.I will not accept late assignments. The primary reason for no late assignments is so that we can discuss the assignment in class immediately after it is turned in. If you anticipate a problem with submitting an assignment when it is due, speak to me before the assignment is due so that we can try to work out an alternative arrangement.Weekly AssignmentsTo understand statistics, you must use statistics. To facilitate understanding, there will be weekly assignments that may include any or all of the following: statistical problems analyzing data and interpreting statistical results summary and critique of articles that use statistics You may work together on these assignments (in groups of two or at most three), but you must write up your answers separately. I give much more detailed instructionson how to report your work together in the Academic Honesty section below.Generally, if you use other persons' work, or make changes to your own work without inquiring or understanding what you did incorrectly, then you are trying to get a grade using someone else's knowledge. Giving or receiving answers in this manner is not permitted in this course. If you do not learn how to analyze or solve problems on your own, you will have difficulty on the exams and research project. Generally, weekly assignments will be distributed on Fridays at the end of class.

A Handbook of Statistical Analyses using Stata


There is another statistical book that is available for purchase:Peter Kennedy. 2003. A Guide to Econometrics, 5th edition. MIT Press.The Kennedy book has a different approach than most statistics texts: in each chapter it discusses a set of concepts qualitatively, then the same concepts quantitatively, and finally discusses the minutiae of those concepts. (The 2nd edition, published in 1985, is on reserveat the library.) I would be happy to recommend other texts if you find these inadequate.There are two additional statistical books on reserve at the library to helpwith the Stata computer program. Lawrence C. Hamilton. 2004. Statistics with Stata : updated for version 8. Brooks/Cole-Thomson Learning. Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and Brian Everitt. 2004. Handbook of Statistical Analysis Using Stata, 3rd edition. CRC Press/Chapman & Hall. There are other articles we will read that are available through links below. These articles are examples of policy analyses using the tools we arelearning:Gary T. Henry and Ross Rubenstein. 2002. "Paying for Grades: Impact ofMerit-Based Financial Aid onEducational Quality."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 21(1): 93-109.David A. Wise. 1975. "Academic Achievement and Job Performance."American Economic Review 65(3): 350-366.Robert W. Crandall and John D. Graham. 1989."The Effect of Fuel Economy Standards on Automobile Safety."Journal of Law and Economics 32(1): 97-118.Jane Waldfogel. 1998."Understanding the 'Family Gap' in Pay for Women with Children."Journal of Economic Perspectives 12(1): 137-156.Daniel S. Hamermesh and Amy M. Parker. 2005."Beauty in the Classroom: Professors' Pulchritude and Putative Pedagogical Productivity." Economics of Education Review forthcoming.McKinley L. Blackburn and David Neumark. 1993."Omitted-Ability Bias and the Increase in the Return to Schooling."Journal of Labor Economics 11(3): 521-544.Robert W. Fairlie and Rebecca A. London. 1997."The effect of incremental benefit levels on births to AFDC recipients."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 16(4): 575-597.James L. Mitchell. 2004."Will empowering developers to challenge exclusionary zoning increase suburban housing choice?"Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 23(1): 119-134.David C. Grabowski, Michael A. Morrisey. 2004."Gasoline prices and motor vehicle fatalities."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 23(3): 575-593.Dennis Coates and Brad R. Humphreys. 1999."The growth effects of sport franchises, stadia, and arenas."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 18(4): 601-624.Ted Gayer. 2004."The Fatality Risks of Sport-Utility Vehicles, Vans, and Pickups Relative to Cars."Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 28(2): 103-133. [click on "PDF"]Ian Ayres and Steven D. Levitt. 1998."Measuring Positive Externalities from Unobservable Victim Precaution: An Empirical Analysis of Lojack."Quarterly Journal of Economics 113(1): 43-77.Trevor L. Brown and Matthew Potoski. 2003. "Managing contract performance: A transaction costs approach."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 22(2): 275-297.Steven D. Levitt and Jack Porter. 2001. "SampleSelection in the Estimation of Air Bag and Seat Belt Effectiveness."Review of Economics and Statistics 83(4): 603-615.Jens Ludwig, Greg J. Duncan, and Paul Hirschfield. 2001."Urban Poverty and Juvenile Crime: Evidence from a Randomized Housing-Mobility Experiment."Quarterly Journal of Economics 116(2): 655-679.Robert Bifulco, William Duncombe, and John Yinger. 2005."Does whole-school reform boost student performance? The case of New York City."Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 24(1): 47-72.Brian A. Jacob and Lars Lefgren. 2004."Remedial Education and Student Achievement: A Regression-Discontinuity Analysis."Review of Economics and Statistics 86(1): 226-244.Howard S. Bloom. 2003. "Using 'Short' Interrupted Time-Series Analysis To Measure The Impacts Of Whole-School Reforms: With Applications to a Study of Accelerated Schools."Evaluation Review 27(1): 3-49.Rajeev H. Dehejia and Sadek Wahba. 1999."Causal Effects in Nonexperimental Studies: Reevaluating the Evaluation of Training Programs." Journal of the American Statistical Association94(448): 1053-1062.Michael S. Lewis-Beck and John R. Alford. 1980."Can Government Regulate Safety? The Coal Mine Example."American Political Science Review 74(3): 745-756. 041b061a72


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