Econ 220B Course Syllabus, Winter 2016
University of California, San Diego

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Books available at UCSD bookstore:

Fumio Hayashi, Econometrics, Princeton University Press, 2001. This is the main text for the course. Click here for the home page for Hayashi's text.

James D. Hamilton, Time Series Analysis, Princeton University Press, 1994. This book is used as an optional supplementary text for the course and is also used in other courses at UCSD.

Journal articles:

Arnold Zellner, "Bayesian and non-Bayesian analysis of the regression model with multivariate Student-t error terms", Journal of the American Statistical Association, 71, June 1976, pp. 400-405.

M.L. King, "Robust tests for spherical symmetry and their application to least squares regression", Annals of Statistics 1980, pp. 1265-1271.

N. Gregory Mankiw, David Romer, and David Weil, "A Contribution to the Empirics of Economic Growth," Quarterly Journal of Economics,107, May 1992, pp. 407-437.

Howard J. Wall, "Using the Gravity Model to Estimate the Costs of Protection," Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis Review, Jan/Feb 1999, pp. 33-40.

Stephen V. Cameron and James J. Heckman, "The Nonequivalence of High School Equivalents," Journal of Labor Economics, Vol. 11, part 1, Jan 1993, pp. 1-47.

Joshua D. Angrist, "Lifetime Earnings and the Vietnam Era Draft Lottery: Evidence from Social Security Administrative Records," American Economic Review, 80, June 1990, pp. 313-336; Errata, December 1990, pp. 1284-1286.

James D. Hamilton, "The Supply and Demand for Federal Reserve Deposits," Carnegie-Rochester Conference Series on Public Policy, 49, December 1998, pp. 1-44.

Joshua D. Angrist and Victor Lavy, "Using Maimonides' Rule to Estimate the Effect of Class Size on Scholastic Achievement," Quarterly Journal of Economics, 114, May 1999, pp. 533-575.

Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke, "The Credibility Revolution in Empirical Economics: How Better Research Design is Taking the Con out of Econometrics," Journal of Economic Perspectives, 24, Spring 2010, pp. 3-30.

Whitney K. Newey and Kenneth D. West, "Automatic Lag Selection in Covariance Matrix Estimation," Review of Economic Studies, 61, Oct. 1994, pp. 631-653.

Yixiao Sun, "Letís fix it: Fixed-b asymptotics versus small-b asymptotics in heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation robust inference," Journal of Econometrics 178, January 2014, pp. 659Ė677.

James H Stock, Jonathan H Wright and Motohiro Yogo, "A Survey of Weak Instruments and Weak Identification in Generalized Method of Moments," Journal of Business and Economic Statistics 20, Oct. 2002, pp. 518-529.

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Grades for Econ 220B will be determined as follows:

Course Outline

Tu Jan 5Review of linear algebra (Hamilton, Section A.4, pp. 721-739)
Th Jan 7The algebra of least squares (Hayashi, Section 1.2)
Tu Jan 12The classical regression model (Hayashi, Sections 1.1 and 1.3; Hamilton, Section 8.1)
Th Jan 14Hypothesis testing (Hayashi, Sections 1.4, 1.5, and 1.7; references: Zellner, 1976 and King, 1980)
Tu Jan 19Generalized least squares (Hayashi, Section 1.6)
Th Jan 21Asymptotic distribution theory (Hayashi, Sections 2.1-2.2; Hamilton, Section 7.1)
Tu Jan 26Large sample properties of OLS (Hayashi, Sections 2.3 and 2.9; Hamilton, Section 8.2)
Th Jan 28Hypothesis testing-- asymptotic results (Hayashi, Sections 2.4-2.6; Hamilton, Section 8.2)
Tu Feb 2Maximum likelihood estimation (Hayashi, Section 1.5; Hamilton, Section 5.7)
Th Feb 4Midterm exam
Tu Feb 9Heteroskedasticity and serial correlation (Hayashi, Sections 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 2.11; Hamilton, Section 8.3)
Th Feb 11Simultaneous equations bias (Hayashi, Sections 3.1-3.2; Hamilton, Section 9.1)
Tu Feb 16Applied econometrics (Mankiw, Romer, and Weil; Wall)
Th Feb 18Applied econometrics (Cameron and Heckman; Angrist; Hamilton 1998; Angrist and Pischke)
Tu Feb 23General formulation (Hayashi, Section 3.3; Hamilton, Section 9.2)
Th Feb 25No scheduled class
Tu Mar 1Weak instruments (Stock, Wright and Yogo)
Th Mar 3Generalized method of moments (Hayashi, Sections 3.4-3.6; Hamilton, Section 14.1)
Tu Mar 8Uses of GMM (Hayashi, Sections 3.8-3.9; Hamilton, Section 14.2; Newey and West; Sun)
Th Mar 10GMM and Maximum likelihood estimation (Hamilton, Section 14.4)
Th Mar 17Final exam (8-11 a.m.)