ECON 626: Empirical Microeconomics, University of Maryland, Fall 2016

Instructors: Pamela Jakiela [Email | Webpage] ; Owen Ozier [Email | Webpage]
TA: Thomas Hegland [Email | Webpage]
Syllabus: ECON-626 Syllabus (pdf)
TA office hours: Every Monday, 3:30-5:30PM, 3115M Tydings Hall
Stata Review: TBD
Other exam review: TBD
Midterm Friday Oct 21st, IN CLASS
Final Friday Dec 9th, IN CLASS


Lecture 1 - Fri Sep 2 Rubin Causal Model, Experimental Ideal
Lecture 1 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 2 - Fri Sep 9 Regression, Data Generating Processes
Lecture 2 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 3 - Fri Sep 16 Difference-in-Differences
Lecture 3 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 4 - Fri Sep 23 Instrumental Variables
Lecture 4 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 5 - Fri Sep 30 Regression Discontinuity
Lecture 5 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 6 - Fri Oct 7 Selection on Observables
Lecture 6 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 7 - Fri Oct 14 Power and Clustering
Lecture 7 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Midterm exam - Fri Oct 21
Lecture 8 - Fri Oct 28 Randomization in Practice: Baseline, Stratification, Balance
Lecture 8 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 9 - Fri Nov 4 Randomization Inference, Wild Cluster Bootstrap
Lecture 9 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 10 - Fri Nov 11 Attrition, Lee Bounds, Manski Bounds
Lecture 10 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Lecture 11 - Fri Nov 18 Censoring, Maximum Likelihood, Stata and MATLAB
Lecture 11 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Thanksgiving - no class - Fri Nov 25
Lecture 12 - Fri Dec 2 Logit, Mixed Logit
Lecture 12 Slides [printable handout format] [presentation format]
Final exam - Fri Dec 9

Problem sets

Problem Set 1       Problem Set 1 questions      
Problem Set 2       Problem Set 2 questions      
Problem Set 3       Problem Set 3 questions
Problem Set 4       Problem Set 4 questions      
Problem Set 5       Problem Set 5 questions      
Problem Set 6       Problem Set 6 questions      

Supplementary material

Ronald Fisher's 1935 Design of Experiments (1971 reprint), chapters 1 and 2   (discussed in Lecture 1)      
Supplementary "discussion" of instrumental variables (and economics graduate work more broadly)   (discussed in Lecture 4)      
Ozier (2015) paper on secondary schooling in Kenya   (discussed in Lecture 5)      
Evans (2013) "Regression Discontinuity Porn"   (relevant to Lecture 5)      
Evans and Popova (2016) "What Really Works to Improve Learning in Developing Countries?
An Analysis of Divergent Findings in Systematic Reviews"
  (relevant to Lecture 8)      
Cochrane Handbook   (relevant to Lecture 8)      
Jesse Shapiro on how to present applied micro work   (relevant more broadly)      
Blog post on statistical refinements to pre-analysis plans (Anderson and Magruder, Fafchamps and Labonne)   (bonus track)