Introductory Applied Econometrics

Spring 2015


Professor Steven Buck (

GSI: Sylvan Herskowitz (

Lectures: Tuesday & Thursday 2-3:30pm, 3108 Etcheverry
Sections: Wednesday 9-10 am, 136 Barrows
                                    4-5 pm, 145 Moffitt

Office Hours
Professor Buck: Friday 4:00-5:00pm, 234 Giannini Hall
GSI Sylvan Herskowitz: Thursday 10:00-11:00am, 236 Giannini Hall

                              Mondays 10:30am-noon, 236 Giannini Hall on weeks before problem sets are due



Class Handouts

Daily Assignments

Problem Sets

Section Materials





April 28:

·        The due date for PS 6 has been changed and it is now due on Tuesday, May 5th by 2:30 pm (delivered in Rm 3108 of Etcheverry Hall at the beginning of the review session).  PS 6 can also be delivered to my mailbox earlier in the main office of Giannini Hall (Rm 207).

·        The make-up check-in will take place at 2:10 pm on Tues, May 5 in Rm 3108.  You are only eligible for this if you notified us in advance and/or you were granted an excused absence.  Please email Sylvan to confirm your eligibility and confirmation that you will take the make-up.

·        Review sessions during RRR:  A review session will immediately follow the make-up check-in at 2:30 pm on Tues, May 5 in Rm 3108 of Etcheverry. I will treat this much like office hours so it is important you come with questions. I will also hold a review session period on Thursday (5/7) during the regular scheduled lecture period and in our regular room.


April 10:

·        The due date for PS 5 has been changed and it is now due at the beginning of class on on Thursday, April 23rd (this gives you an extra two days). Friday, April 24th by 2 pm in Sylvan’s mailbox.

·        Reminder: Check-in 5 is Tues, 4/14 and will cover regression models with interaction terms (especially interacting two dummy variables). You should also have a basic conceptual understanding of the difference-in-differences graphic shared in class (and posted with the corresponding doc cam notes).

·        Read 13.2 of Wooldridge for Tuesday (4/14); 13.3 and 13.4 are related to material we will cover. I'm assigning 13.3 and 13.4 as optional since in the past students have found the exposition by Woolridge a little confusing--I recommend you give it a try.


March 30:

·        Recent materials have been uploaded to the Class Handouts link.

·        Reminder: Check-in 4 is Tues, 3/31 and will cover the F-test. Email sent via Bcourses announcement with details.

·        Reminder: Bonus Quiz for the midterm is Thur, 4/2.


February 15:

·        Recent materials have been uploaded to the Class Handouts link and lecture slides have been posted to Bcourses.


January 29:

·        The Stata introduction session will be tomorrow, January 30th, at 4pm for those in the morning section and at 5pm for those in the afternoon section.  It will be in Giannini 234.  Materials are posted on the “Section Materials” page of this website.


January 27:

·        This week’s section locations will be in the same place as stated on the syllabus.  However, after this week the afternoon section will switch to Moffitt 145.

·        A Stata extra help session will be scheduled for this Friday at 4pm.  The room is still TBD.


January 20:

We will use Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, by Jeffrey M. Wooldridge.  The most recent edition is the 5thth, 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.