CHAPTER 1

Basic Regression Analysis and Inference

This book’s approach to regression analysis is truly basic. We won’t go into issues such as the sum of squared errors, heteroskedasticity, statistical hypothesis testing (as opposed to economic hypothesis testing), t-statistics, f-statistics, etc. While all of these issues are very important for more sophisticated circles, it’s simply not necessary to perform economic research at its most basic level. I will, however, use both Microsoft Excel as well as the regression package Stata. Even though we will be performing basic econometrics that can all be executed with Excel, the reader is encouraged to use Stata as this software is very easy to use with the student version of Stata costing well under ...

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