Introductory Applied Econometrics

Fall 2014

Professor Elisabeth Sadoulet (
Sylvan Herskowitz ( )

Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday 9:30-11 am, 213 Wheeler
Sections: Wednesday 9-10 am (
209 Dwinelle)
                                    4-5 pm (
103 Moffitt)

Office Hours
Professor Sadoulet: Wednesday 11am-12pm (213 Giannini Hall)
Sylvan Herskowitz : Thursday 12:30-1:30pm (236 Giannini Hall)

                                   Mondays 2:00-3:30pm (236 Giannini Hall) before problem sets are due


Class Handouts

Daily Assignments

Problem Sets

Section Materials





September 2:

The course’s bCourses site has now been launched and you should be able to log in.  This website will still be the primary source of information and resources for the course, but the bCourses site will be used for giving you back your grades and posting solutions to problem sets.  Now, there is also a mandatory survey posted on bCourses so that we can confirm your satisfaction of the Statistics 2 prerequisite.  Please fill it out as soon as possible.


A number of additional important announcements from the beginning of class:

1.     Please remember to hand in a hard copy of your assignments to Sylvan at the beginning of class.  You do not need to send soft copies unless you are going to be absent.

2.    For general email correspondence about the course such as questions about assignments or technical problems, you should just email Sylvan, you do not need to copy Professor Sadoulet on the email.  Sylvan can determine when/if it is necessary to discuss the issue with her.

3.    Sylvan will post some notes on getting started with Stata on this website under “Section Materials”.  If you are struggling with getting the program working, then you can come to an additional GSI session on Thursday evening, September 4th, for help with Stata basics.  The sessions will be held in Giannini 236.  For those in the morning GSI Wednesday session, the Thursday session will be from 5-6pm.  For those in the evening Wednesday session, you should come to the session on Thursday from 6-7pm.

4.    There are now 7 text books on reserve in Moffitt library reserves.  Two copies are restricted to two hour withdrawals.  The other five allow you to keep them for up to a week at a time.


August 25:

We will use Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, by Jeffrey M. Wooldridge.  The most recent edition is the 5th
th, but earlier editions are acceptable substitutes.  There will be several copies on reserve at Moffitt Library.  Reserve call numbers will be posted here when they are available.

Problem sets will require you to use a data analysis and statistical software program called Stata. We will begin using Stata in a tutorial during the second week of class.  If you want to purchase your own copy of the software for your laptop or home computer, a single-user six-month license for Small Stata  (sufficient for this course) is available through Berkeley’s GradPlan for $35. (An annual license is $49.)  Note that a license allows you to install the software on up to three of your own computers.  See to purchase (Select University of California, Berkeley, then look for the product you want). Software is delivered to campus for pick-up after your online purchase. There are often delays in delivering copies of Stata at the beginning of the semester, so if you are sure that you will take this class you should order a copy ASAP to ensure you receive it on time.