Christopher Cornwell
Useful Links for ECONOMETRICS
[Updated Summer 2018]

Econometrics software

The Terry College supports Mathematica, Matlab, R, RATS, SAS, SPSS, and Stata.  Students should contact the Terry College Office of Information Technology (OIT) for access to these programs. OIT provides a complete listing of Terry's research computing resources on its site. 

UGA offers free access to Stata and SPSS through its vLab service.

Mathworks provides Matlab tutorials and links to other off-site resources.

RStudio provides a nice user interface for R, and, like R, it is open-source. The Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) provides a list of econometrics packages for R. Florian Heiss has written a book that introduces R in the context of an introductory econometrics course. Quick-R is a well-designed R learning site. Data Sciences Services at Harvard provides some nice R, Python and Stata tutorials. Oscar Torres-Reyna offers a similar set of resources at Princeton.

You will find many resources for learning Stata at the company's website.  Some of the best are available through UCLA's Academic Technology Services, which provides public access to detailed guides to using Stata, including seminars with video demonstrations.  The Carolina Population Center at UNC offers a Stata tutorial.  The SSCC at Wisconsin does offers two: one for students and one for researchersHere is a convenient two-page introduction.  Masayuki Kudumatsu has collected many useful Stata links, as well as a long, wide-ranging list of resources for economics research, focusing on computing.  A group of data practitioners have created and compiled an impressive set of resources for data analysis and visualization with Stata at GitHub.

The SAS Institute provides a number of applications of its ETS module.

Programming and workflow best practices

Hans-Martin von Gaudecker provides extensive guidance on effective programming practices and project organization.  Matt Gentzko and Jesse Shapiro have produced a useful practitioner's guide coding and data management for social scientists.

TeX and LaTeX

From the TeX FAQ:

`TeX is a typesetting system written by Donald Knuth, who says in the Preface to his book on TeX that it is "intended for the creation of beautiful books - and especially for books that contain a lot of mathematics".'

LaTeX is a popular TeX macro package.  For an up-to-date implementation of TeX, LaTeX and related programs for Windows (all current variants) try MikTeX. Many useful TeX resources can be found TeX Users' Group (TUG) site.  Another good place to find help is through Hildebrand's TeX Resources page. 

Beamer is a LaTeX class that allows you to produce slide presentations (like PowerPoint) in a LaTeX environment.  It is included with the MikTeX distribution.

Unix Help

The Terry College research server runs a version of the unix operating system.  For help understanding unix, consult UNIXhelp for Users or the Unix Tutorial for Beginners.