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Computing Skills for Economists

  • ID: 2240081
  • Book
  • 296 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Computing Skills for Economists can be used as a core textbook for students taking an introductory course in computing for economists and also as a guide for economists who wish to develop their computing skills through self–directed study. In this book, Guy Judge focuses on the tools and resources that are particularly relevant to economists with examples of their use in economics. A web site has been set up to support this book providing information on new developments and supplementary materials. This web site can be found

"A unique book, essential to any economist's toolkit. From the level of the absolute beginner, and in a very user–friendly style, it takes the reader step by step through the entire range of computing skills essential to the study of economics. The book answers innumerable questions and saves many hours otherwise typically squandered on 'trial and error' methods of mastering software. Almost any economics student, whatever their level, will learn something new from this book." Geoff Renshaw, Lecturer in Economics, University of Warwick

"This book is impressive for the comprehensiveness and clarity of its explanations of mainly Windows applications of personal computer research tools for economists. Its accessibility to those with diverse computer literacy will raise the bar of the skills instructors can reasonable expect of their students without sacrificing valuable class time or having to prepare elaborate handouts to level the playing field. Its extensive examples will teach students a good deal of ecomonics as well as enriching their research abilities." Arnie Katz, Economics Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburhg

"A goldmine of skills for every aspiring economist. Something for everyone." Ron Shone, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Stirling
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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

Appendix. 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.
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"A unique book, essential to any economist's toolkit. From the level of the absolute beginner, and in a very user–friendly style, it takes the reader step by step through the entire range of computing skills essential to the study of economics. The book answers innumerable questions and saves many hours otherwise typically squandered on 'trial and error' methods of mastering software. Almost any economics student, whatever their level, will learn something new from this book." –Geoff Renshaw, Lecturer in Economics, University of Warwick
. "This book is impressive for the comprehensiveness and clarity of its explanations of mainly Windows applications of personal computer research tools for economists. Its accessibility to those with diverse computer literacy will raise the bar of the skills instructors can reasonably expect of their students without sacrificing valuable class time or having to prepare elaborate handouts to level the playing field. Its extensive examples will teach students a good deal of economics as well as enriching their research abilities." –Arnie Katz, Economics Professor Emeritus, University of Pittsburgh
. "A goldmine of skills for every aspiring economist. Something for everyone."–Ron Shone, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Stirling
. "There is an excellent chapter on the use of spreadsheets, in particular Excel." – THES
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