- The Economic Approach with Microsoft Excel is a set of computer-based exercises that teach the concepts of optimization and equilibrium. These materials are used in the Quantitative and Computer Methods course at Wabash. No initial knowledge of Excel is assumed as students work through a series of examples on unconstrained optimization, constrained optimization, and equilibrium. We teach it here at Wabash as a sophomore-level companion to the Intermediate theory courses. It has proved to be quite successful and we have expanded it to be taught every semester. This electronic text book is already complete.
- Writing Guide is a guide to writing an economics term paper. Students enrolled in Economics 253 will find this particularly useful.
- Excel workbooks for Econometrics is under heavy construction. We rely heavily on Monte Carlo simulation and the development of specific algorithms within Excel. We emphasize exploratory data analysis and present an intuitive, non-formulaic explanation of regression. We eschew symbols, formulas, and matrix algebra in favor of hands-on labs and real understanding of core concepts. The book shows students how to obtain and work with data from important sources such as the Current Population Survey and uses data from the same sources in its examples and labs.
In preparation for Senior Seminar one year in the late 80s, Barreto put together some notes on macroeconomics. Students helped shape the notes and critiqued them. Professors John Naylor and Frank Howland have also offered suggestions and improvements. These Macro Notes have been used by students preparing for macro comps and they report that they've helped a bit.
Senior Comprehensive Exams:
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