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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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Nate Silver and the Voting Rights Act

If you all don’t read Nate Silver, I highly recommend it. He does an excellent job of discussing statistics and discussing how we present statistics to tell stories. His post today on the Voting Rights Act claims made by John Roberts during the Supreme Court hearings is a very good read.

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Never be satisfied with a first draft

Writing tips from Advice to Writers.

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Data visualization tool in Stata

Ryan Briggs, a PhD student at American, has a post up about how to use Stata to mine World Bank data and make pretty graphs. Could be fun. Enjoy!

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Fiscal New Year Party 2012

As most of you are seniors, you know that the Economics Department hosts a party every year when the federal budget turns over. That day has come.

Friday, September 28 in the Economics Main Office. 1-4pm

Poker, Monopoly, trivia, prizes, and delicious food. Possibly some brownie points as well.

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Congrats, Larry!

Larry DelViscio, who is in the afternoon class, has just been named an Academic All-American. Congratulations!

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One more extra credit opportunity

George DeMartino will be speaking on April 4th at 7pm in Science 300. DeMartino will be talking about economists and development, which is very related to the book we’ve been reading, Poor Economics. He will likely not be taking a very econometrically oriented view, so if you attend, I’d ask you to blog about how you might go about testing his theories using data. What would an ideal data set look like? What kind of questions would you ask? What would you expect to find, knowing what you know about economics and development?

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