Why Econometrics is Confusing Part 1: The Error Term
“Suppose that \(Y = \alpha + \beta X + U\).” A sentence like this is bound to come up dozens of times in an introductory econometrics course, but if I had my way it would be stamped out completely.
Last updated on Jul 24, 2022
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A New Way of Looking at Least Squares
Have you got a ruler handy? Fantastic! Then hold out your right hand, extend your thumb and little finger as far as they’ll go, and measure the distance in centimeters, rounding to the nearest half centimeter.
Last updated on Mar 14, 2022
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The Wilson Confidence Interval for a Proportion
This is the second in a series of posts about how to construct a confidence interval for a proportion. (Simple problems sometimes turn out to be surprisingly complicated in practice!
Last updated on Feb 5, 2022
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Lessons from the Oxford Vaccination Survey
Back in November a colleague pointed me to a website describing the recent COVID-19 Student Vaccination Survey carried out by my employer, the University of Oxford. At the time I briefly tweeted my concerns at the University: Sorry @UniofOxford, but this is wildly misleading.
Last updated on Dec 31, 2021
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Street Fighting Numerical Analysis - Part 1
Computing is a crucial part of modern applied and theoretical econometrics but most economists, myself included, have little if any formal training numerical analysis and computer science. This means that we often learn things the hard way: by making boneheaded mistakes and spending hours browsing stackoverflow to try to figure out what went wrong.
Last updated on Oct 29, 2021
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