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