Economics 850

Econometrics I


Instructor: James MacKinnon

I am not allowed to be in my office, so there will be no physical office hours. If you wish to "see" me, please send me an email to jgm [AT] econ.queensu.ca



ECON 850 is the first course in a two-term sequence, the second being ECON 851. The course is based primarily on the book Econometric Theory and Methods, by Russell Davidson and James G. MacKinnon. Visit the web site for ETM.

The Campus Bookstore should have enough copies of ETM in stock. However, you may be able to get it at a lower price through Amazon.ca or another on-line bookstore, perhaps one from outside of Canada.

Much of the course will make use of chapters from the unfinished second edition of ETM. These will be provided to students as PDF files. You may therefore feel that it is not worth buying the book.

The instructor will also provide additional written material. Some of it is based on parts of the older and somewhat more advanced book, Estimation and Inference in Econometrics, also by Russell Davidson and James G. MacKinnon. Visit the web site for EIE to obtain copies of pages in the book that have been corrected, and a Supplement. There is no need to buy this book.

Part of the course requirements consists of a set of assignments, which will typically have both theoretical and empirical components. The empirical parts will often involve the analysis of data sets using econometrics software. The assignments may be found here.

Supplementary lecture notes may be found here. Recent final exams may be found here. Recent midterm exams may be found here.

Assignments can be done using Stata, R, Gretl, or any other suitable econometrics package. Stata is on many of the Linux servers. R and Gretl should be on all the Linux servers, but don't count on it. For more information about some of the popular software packages used in econometrics, follow the appropriate links in the following list:


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