__Which Econometrics Regression Course to
take?__

The key data method used in economics is regression where a
variable y is explained by one or more other variables x1, x2, ...

Interest lies in predicting y, or more often in estimating how
much y changes when a key variable changes after controlling for
additional variables. For example, how do individual earnings
change with one more year of education after controlling for age,
gender, parental education, ....

There are three relevant basic regression courses for Economics
majors to consider.

- Economics 102 (Analysis of Economics Data) This is the required course for the Economics major and the "simplest" course.
- Statistics 108 (Applied Statistical Methods: Regression Analysis) A more advanced course.
- Economics 140 (Econometrics) An advanced course and one required for the Data Analytics and Economic Analysis Specialization Track of the Economics degree

**Economics 102** is enough for the Economics major and admits
you to all other Economics courses that have a data methods
requirement - see below.

Economics 102 covers mostly regression analysis, though begins
with a review of basic probability and statistics. The course uses
the statistical package STATA.

An example syllabus is at http://cameron.econ.ucdavis.edu/e102/e102Asyl.html

**Statistics 108 **is a more advanced course than ECN
102 that focuses on regression analysis.

**Economics 140** is a more advanced course than ECN 102 that
requires a previous regression course (ECN 102 or STA 108).

This provides more theory behind the regression methods used and
presents some more advanced methods, notably those for causal
analysis (rather than correlational analysis).

Like Economics 102, Economics 140 admits you to all other
Economics courses that have a data methods requirement and
fulfills the major requirement in place of Economics 102.

- Economics 140 (Econometrics) This presents regression theory and methods in more detail than 102.
- Economics 141 (Economics and Business Data Analytics) is offered in Fall 2021 and requires ECN 102 or equivalent.
- Economics 190 (Topics in Economics) includes one econometrics
course that requires ECN 102 or equivalent.

The course is Economics and Business Data Analytics and is offered Spring 2022.

See http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/courses/ecn-190-topics.

The 190 courses will become regularly listed courses once approved by the university course approval committee.

- Several economics courses include some regression analysis of
data.

These courses are in the Data Analytics and Economics Analysis Specialization Track of the Economics major. Currently

ECN 132 (Health Economics)

ECN 138 (Public Economics in International Perspective)

ECN 145 (Transportation Economics)

ECN 152 (Economics of Education)

and possibly some of the ECN 190 courses. More courses may be added over time.

see morestat.html

*A. Colin Cameron / UC-Davis Economics / http://www.econ.ucdavis.edu/faculty/cameron*