ECON 6910

Applied Econometrics

Dr. Philip Shaw

Dealy Hall, East 522

Phone: 718-817-4048


Office Hours: Monday, 2pm-3:30pm & Thursday 2pm-3:30pm.

This class will begin with an exploration of the properties required to obtain causality in econometrics.  We will focus largely on the theoretical properties of conditional expectations operators and basic asymptotic theory applied to ordinary least squares (OLS), two-stage least squares (2SLS), and nonlinear methods such as discrete response models.  Although this is an applied class, I expect students to have a good grasp on the theoretical properties of each type of estimator covered. We will also introduce nonparametric methods and contrast them to the parametric methods introduced in the first half of the semester.    

The grading for the class breaks down as follows:

Midterm (40%)

Final Exam (40%)

Class Project (15%)

Problem Sets (5%)


Wooldridge, J., 2010. Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data, MIT Press, Edition 2.

Li, Q. and Racine, J., 2007. Nonparametric Econometrics: Theory and Practice, Princeton University Press, Edition 1.  

Course Outline:

I. Introduction

1. Causal Relationships and Ceteris Paribus Analysis

2. Conditional Expectations and Related Concepts in Econometrics

3. Basic Asymptotic Theory

II. Linear Models

4. Single-Equation Linear Model and Ordinary Least Squares Estimation

5. Instrumental Variables Estimation of Single-Equation Linear Models

6. Additional Single-Equation Topics

7. System Estimation of Instrumental Variables and Simultaneous Equations Models

III. Nonlinear Models and Related Topics

8. Binary Response Models

IV. Nonparametric Methods

9. Density Estimation

10. Regression Estimation with Exogenous Covariates

11. Regression Estimation with Endogenous Covariates

Where to get R:

Simple Commands in R

Nonparametric Econometrics in R

User Guide for NP Package in R

A Presentation on Nonparametrics in R

R-code Posted Below

R-Code for Moreira's CLR and IV Estimation

R-Code for Robust Standard Errors

Problem Sets:


Data Sets and Descriptions:


Data Files in CSV Format



Additional Readings Posted Below

Instrumental Variables Estimation Additional Readings

Staiger, Douglas and Stock, James H., 1997. "Instrumental Variables Regression with Weak Instruments"., Econometrica, Vol. 65 (3), 557-586. Download Here!

Moreira, Marcelo., 2003. "A Conditional Likelihood Ratio Test for Structural Models"., Econometrica, Vol. 71 (4), 1027-1048. Download Here!

Lewbel, Arthur., 2012. "Using Heteroscedasticity to Indentify and Estimate Mismeasured and Endogenous Regressor Models"., Journal of Business & Economic Statistics, Vol. 30 (1), 67-80. Download Here!