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Final post for the semester (#11)

As sort of a final semester wrap-up, this week you should read Chapter 4 of Freakonomics and the journal article that inspired part of it: The Impact of Legalized Abortion on Crime by Donohue and Levitt.

On Moodle, find the articles entitled LevittAbortion.pdf and LevittAbortionCritique.pdf. Read both of them, in that order. What did you find surprising? How do you reconcile the chapter in Freakonomics and the two papers. Limit your response to 600 words.

There will be no comments on this post, but you have two weeks to work on it. It is due on Friday, May 3 at 9am.

It’s the last one, make it a good one.

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Assignment #10 Spring 2013

Read Poor Economics, Chapter 7. Write a <500 word response, analyzing, not summarizing, the content. Things to think about are:

  1. How do they present statistics?
  2. How do the authors use statistics to make the big points in the chapter?
  3. What did you learn?
  4. What questions do you have left after reading the chapter?

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No blog post this week

I hope you all are hard at work on your rough drafts. They are due on Friday at the beginning of class. No blog post for this week. Enjoy!

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Extra credit opportunities

Three extra credit opportunities. A blog post with analysis, meaning a critique of what was said, relationship to current events or class material, etc., is due on the Monday morning following the event. Summaries of material are not sufficient to get credit for this assignment. Please limit your comments to about a page (400 words).

April 11, 7:30pm: Hesburgh Lecture on energy prices, Mara Auditorium

April 18, 11:30am: FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub and Bob Biersak from the Center for Responsive Politics in the Economics Department’s Annual Finance Symposium

April 18, 7pm: Former Senator Russ Feingold on Campaign Finance Reform

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Assignment #9 Spring 2013

For this week’s blog post, write a brief (2-3 sentence) summary of one of the papers you’ve read regarding your research project, then answer the following questions.

  • What new information does it bring to light regarding your research project?
  • Does it suggest any issues you might have regarding the assumptions of the classical linear regression model?
  • If it does suggest that your model might violate any assumptions of the model, do you know an easy way to fix them?
  • Make sure to cite the paper in your blog post and, if possible, link to a .pdf version of the paper

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Assignment #8 Spring 2013

Your regression results are due (hard copy) in class on Friday, March 22. For this week’s blog post, in 400 words or less, pick one regression and explain in detail your findings in an accessible manner. Imagine your are explaining it to your one of your grandparents. The following questions may help to guide you:

  1. What is the primary relationship of interest?
  2. What does the estimated coefficient on your variable of interest show?
  3. What conclusions can you draw from your regression?
  4. Are there things missing from your regression?
  5. Can you make a causal link between your variable of interest and the outcome variable?

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Assignment #7 Spring 2013

Read Poor Economics, Chapter 4 by Banerjee and Duflo, “Top of the Class”. In post of less than 500 words, answer the following questions in a clear, concise manner. This assignment is due on Friday, March 8 at the start of class.

  1. Find a news article or recent blog post (within the last six months) that addresses some of the same issues presented in the book. Offer a compare and contrast analysis of an issue in the book to the article you found. Which story do you find more convincing? How are the stories different? What additional information would you like to see? What statistics or numbers do the authors of each use to make their case?
  2. Make sure to mention the news article or blog post in your post and link to the article or blog using the link function on your toolbar.
  3. Leave a comment for the author on the original post or article with a short summary of your own thoughts the matter. You can even link back to your post in the comment.

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