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Computing Skills for Economists

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ISBN-10: 0471988065

ISBN-13: 9780471988069

Edition: 2000

Authors: Guy Judge

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Today's students are expected to use computers and familiarize themselves with wordprocessing, spreadsheet packages and the Internet. This volume adopts a practical approach in teaching the subject with emphasis on the software used by economists.
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Book details

List price: $74.95
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 6/8/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 296
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: tools, tasks, resources and skills
Economists, computers and IT in today's world
The contents, structure and approach of this book
Preliminary information and key concepts
Tools, tasks, skills and resources
Summary
Skills for file and disk management tasks
Beginning to work with computers in economics
Beginning to work with a word processor
Your first word processed document
Beginning to work with a spreadsheet
Your first spreadsheet application
Beginning to work with e-mail software
Your first e-mail message
Beginning to work with a web browser
Your first time browsing the web
Beginning to work with presentation software
Preparing your first presentation
Beginning to work with database software
Creating your first database
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
Building on the basics: skills development
Incorporating graphics, symbols and equations
Including a graphics image in a word processed document
Working with longer word processed documents
A word processed essay
Simple economic modeling using a spreadsheet
Cost--volume--profit analysis on a spreadsheet
Developing your e-mail skills
Sending and receiving a file attachment
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
Spreadsheets for economists
Analyzing and summarizing economic data
GDP per capita in OECD countries
Cross-tabulation
The position of women in economics departments
Regression on a spreadsheet
Carbon monoxide emissions in the European Union
A simple model of the UK consumption function
A simple Cobb--Douglas production function
Financial analysis on a spreadsheet
Investment appraisal and the net present value of an investment project
Optimization in a spreadsheet
Least squares regression again
A linear programming problem
Portfolio selection
Working with matrices in a spreadsheet
A simple macroeconomic model
Dynamic economic models in a spreadsheet
A simple multiplier--accelerator model
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
Statistics and econometrics software
Introduction. Dedicated statistics and econometrics packages
Preparing to use statistics and econometrics software: some preliminary considerations
Becoming familiar with statistics and econometrics software
Cigarette consumption in Turkey
More advanced time series analysis with econometrics packages
Unit-root tests of Tansel's cigarette consumption data
Cointegration analysis of the advertising--sales relationship
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
The Internet for economists
Introduction: the ever changing Internet--expansion, evolution and revolution
Finding information on the web
Using search engines
Using SOSIG
Finding specific types of economic information on the web
Downloading and using data from the web
Conducting a bibliographical search
Economic journals available on-line
Working papers and pre-prints
Tracking down working papers by Hal Varian
Current awareness services
On-line learning and interactive tools on the web
Building your own web page
Creating a simple web page
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
More advanced computing skills for economists
Introduction
More advanced use of spreadsheets and econometrics software: controlling your software with macros and procedures
Other computing tools for programming in econometrics
More advanced word processing for mathematical documents
Symbolic algebra software
Getting ready for the future
Summary
Exercises and mini-projects
References and further reading
Index