**Econ 4180--Senior Seminar in Economics**

**syllabus**

__Announcements__- THE LAB (interactive video on the ethics of research)
- Guidelines on avoiding plagiarism!!! Quick Guide More Complete Coverage
- Back by popular demand! Examples of same paper of mine, different lengths
- 14 page version (main text portion, I'm not counting Appendix)
- 10 page version
- 2 years later....final published version (different journal without tight space constraints, so actually longer)

**NEED A STATS REFRESHER****--> check out**www.statisticshowto.com**(some specific links below)****Hypothesis test (watch short video on 1-tail and 2-tail Z-tests....same idea for a t-test)****Linear regression****Excel Regression Explained (overview of interpreting standard multiple regression output from Excel)****Other Youtube videos: 1-tail t-test multiple regression (in Excel) example Another Excel example**

- Understandable Statistics Data Sets Stats Analysis Homework #1 Format for Homework #1 answers Homework #1 Answers
(useful for possible paper topics):**Data sources**- World Bank (macro data on most countries for many years)
- St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank (more U.S. specific macro data)
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (anything labor you can think of)
- Yahoo! finance (historical stock price data available here)
- Sports Data: Baseball Football Basketball
- HELP! I want to do a growth model (not my professor's area of expertise). Well, I asked our macro faculty, and if you are doing a GDP growth model, you want to track down the following:
(find data on GDP and create growth rate variable from that if needed)**GDP growth rate**(again, use annual labor force data and then create growth rate variable from that)**labor force growth rate**(this is a measure of capital in a country. Some use a**Investment to GDP ratio**__Foreign Investment__**variable for this instead**).- For whatever set of years for which you have data, many include the
of each country in the regression as well.**starting point GDP** - These variables above (Dep variable and 3 Independent variables) will allow you to estimate a model (several countries over several years, or several U.S. states over several years) where GDP growth is a function of labor and capital (other variables can be added to a basic growth model, like
*Educational Attainment, Exports/Imports*, etc, but this is the basic core model). **Note: if you use "per capita GDP growth", then the labor force growth rate is not necessary**(ask me about it).

- Sample Annotated Bibliography (please follow this format)
- sample Prospectus Presentation slides

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