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Econ 3790  Economics & Business Statistics 
The course introduces students to graphical and numerical techniques for  summarizing univariate data. It is followed with a treatment of the probability theory and distributions with emphasis on uncertainty in estimating parameters and testing hypotheses about them.  Additional topics in hypothesis testing include the Chi-square test, and the ANOVA (F-test). Attention is then shifted to the Simple Regression and Correlation techniques for analyzing bivariate data and the Multiple Regression and Correlation techniques for analyzing multivariate data. Other topics covered include Index Numbers, and elementary Time Series Analysis & Forecasting. The focus throughout is on application and interpretation of results.   

Econ 3790 Lab  Economics & Business Statistics Workshop
The course is a continuation of econ 3790 with the emphasis on computer application using Excel 2007 to analyze business and economic data. The goal is to help students explore and analyze data in an orderly fashion in a computer lab environment. The manual that is used in the course provides students with the opportunity to solve statistical problems and analyze cases with the real world data.


Econ 5824  Applied Time Series Analysis and Forecasting
The course provides an in-depth analysis of economic and business time series data. Several time series models and their applications to problems are examined. Throughout, emphasis is on forecasting using standard computer programs.


Econ 5853  Applied Econometrics
The course is an introduction to the practice of  econometrics. Students will learn how to use econometric techniques to quantify causal economic relationships with applications in the private and public sectors. Emphasis is placed on model construction, estimation using standard econometrics software, and on the interpretation of the estimated results.  Although the course integrates the use of personal computer and econonometric software within the discussion of the subject material, no programming ability is required. 


Econ 6900 Statistical Problems
A survey of the fundamental statistical concepts and techniques used in business and economics with special emphasis on the interpretation and uses of statistical analysis in business and economic decision-making.


Econ 6904  Quantitative Methods in Economics
The course is designed to equip graduate students with the  necessary quantitative skills that are required for a successful completion of the graduate-level economic theory sequence and econometrics. The course also prepares the students for advanced degree (Ph.D) program in economics.


Econ 6976  Econometrics
The course is designed to acquaint graduate students with the cutting-edge econometric techniques that are useful for estimating causal economic relationships. The objectives include (1) analysis of the effects of exogenous factors on the variable whose behavior we seek to explain, (2) testing of hypotheses about new and existing economic theories, and (3) forecasting estimated economic relationships beyond the sample period for the purpose of planning and control. The course will focus on the practice of econometrics with extensive applications to a variety of real-world problems in many areas of economics.


Econ 2610  Principles of Microeconomics
The course is designed to give students an understanding of how markets work and how they allocate resources to meet consumers' needs. As part of this goal we will discuss how prices serve as signals to firms as to which products should be produced, and how profits provide firms with incentives to change the amount produced. Also we will discuss how the absence of competition and effects on third parties can cause markets to produce too much or too little of a good.

Econ 2630  Principles of Macroeconomics
The course is designed to meet two broad objectives. First, students will learn the intricate inter-relatedness and the performance of the economy as a whole at the national level by becoming familiar with the key concepts of GDP, unemployment/employment and inflation; and also why inflation and unemployment are considered the twin evils of any economy. Second, they will learn the causes/sources of short-run business fluctuations and how policy makers use the instruments of fiscal and monetary policies to keep the economy moving along a stable long-run growth path. 


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