Jeffrey Wooldridge (Michigan State University)
Tuesday May 26 - Thursday May 28, 2009
RCC 204 at Ryerson University
The workshop will take place in the Toronto, starting Tuesday May 26th 2009 at 9.00am, through Thursday, May 28th, 12.30pm. The workshop will take place in Room RCC 204 (Eaton Lecture Theatre, 2nd floor) in the Rogers Communication Centre (RCC) at Ryerson University, at 80 Gould Street. For directions, please consult the Ryerson University campus map. This workshop is sponsored jointly by the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLSRN) and the Canadian Economics Association.
In this workshop we will discuss developments in econometrics over the last decade and a half. The focus will be on methods that are relevant for, and ready to be used by, empirical researchers, and the workshop is aimed at such researchers. Although most of the econometrics literature obviously aims to be relevant to empirical researchers, many methods in early stages of development are still subject of debates in the econometrics community. Here we focus largely on methods that we view as ready for applications. In contrast to much of the published literature in the more technical journals, we focus on practical issues in implementation. Ultimately, of course, the selection of topics is somewhat subjective.
Some lectures will cover areas that are more mature than others, in the sense that there is more consensus on the applicability of the methods. In these cases our lectures will be more prescriptive and give clear recommendations. Other lectures cover more more speculative areas that hold great promise, but where no clear consensus has emerged.
The level of the workshop is such that it will be accessible to researchers with some back- ground in econometrics, equivalent to the first year econometrics sequence in economics PhD programs. There will be little discussion of technical details, for which we will refer to the literature. The workshop will have a fair amount of overlap with courses we have taught to second year PhD students. However, the list of topics covered in this workshop is not complete in the sense that we viewed some of the older topics that one may wish to cover in such a workshop as not essential for this workshop.
There is no textbook for the workshop, although reference will be made to Wooldridge (2001), Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data, MIT Press.