ECON 335 - Introduction to Econometrics

  • 3 credits
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Estimating statistical regression models of economic relationships; treatment of special problems that may arise in analysis of economic data.

Upon completion of the course, the student should:

• understand the nature and scope of economics as a social science.
• use statistical analysis, including the classical regression model, to estimate relevant economic parameters, predict economic outcomes, and test economic hypotheses using quantitative data.
• understand the basic assumptions of the classical linear regression model, and identify and correct (if possible) any violations of these assumptions, such as autocorrelation and heteroscedasticity.
• develop and maintain a working knowledge of econometrics that will provide a basic foundation for future study in econometrics and statistical techniques.

This course will utilize Gretl, a free and user-friendly econometric software, for graphics, data management, basic statistics, and econometric estimation.

This course is approved for Validation by Education Experience (VEE) by the Society of Actuaries (SOA).

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions.  For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students; for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center

Prerequisite

ECON 204 (Principles of Macroeconomics); MATH 141 (Calculus in Management Sciences) or MATH 155 (Calculus for Biological Sciences I) or MATH 160 (Calculus for Physical Sciences I); STAT 201 (General Statistics) or STAT 204 (Statistics for Business Students) or STAT 301 (Introduction to Statistical Methods) or STAT 307 (Introduction to Biostatistics). Credit not allowed for both ECON 335 and AREC 335 (Introduction to Econometrics).

Important Information

Prerequisites: Introductory microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, introductory calculus, introductory statistics. Credit not allowed for both ECON 335 and AREC 335 (Introduction to Econometrics).

Note: This course is usually offered every fall, spring, and summer.

Textbook and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Required

  • Introduction to Econometrics*, 3rd Ed.
    Stock, James H. and Watson, Mark W.

*Students can purchase the 2011 basic edition (ISBN 978-0133486872,, the 2015 student value edition (ISBN 978-0133592696), or the ebook (ISBN 978-0133487022.

Instructors

Michelle Houston
Michelle Houston

mimi.houston@colostate.edu

Mimi was born in Memphis, Tennessee but spent most of her formative years in Florida. She was first introduced to economics through a book by the geographer Jared Diamond, "Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies." The book attempts to answer the ultimate question in economics (i.e., Why are some nations wealthy while others are not?) by tracing the evolution and influence of human development and geography on culture and society. From that point forward, she was hooked! Mimi is currently a Ph.D. student in economics at Colorado State University, and her research focuses on approaching issues in economic development and the environment from new and varying perspectives. Outside of economics she enjoys playing music with friends, biking, swimming and yoga.

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