Software in Statistics for Economists
Statistical analysis package available for PC and Mac, claiming to be user friendly while also suitable for "heavy duty" statistical work. Academic discounts are available.
Part of the IDEAS project, this page lists statistical software components from the Boston College Department of Economics. This archive includes many downloadable Stata modules and other procedures. The archive stretches back from the present day to 1995. Users can browse by year or undertake a keyword search of the archive.
Statistics for the Terrified covers all the techniques required by undergraduate students and many researchers in a user-friendly, common sense, non-mathematical and highly interactive way. Version 5.0 is suitable for undergraduate students and many researchers. The LITE edition covers all the most essential areas: it is aimed at students who are working towards passing a unit or module within their main area of study. It is not suitable for those who intend to pursue research themselves. Users will need an individual or institutional license.
Gemodel 3.2 simulates neo-classical economic models such as those found in price theory, public finance, international trade, and economic development textbooks. This software is designed to calculate numerical solutions for non-linear general equilibrium models so that the comparative static results of economic theory may be illustrated. Policy analysis can also be undertaken. Production is modelled using a variable return CES production function for two or three industries, whilst consumption is represented using a CES utility function for 1-19 household classes. The model can also be used in international trade, public finance and welfare. Users will need to purchase a license to use the software.
ActivStats is a multimedia education product that teaches introductory college-level statistics and the use of the Data Desk data exploration package. Animated activities introduce statistics concepts. Teaching applets reinforce those concepts. Video and guided analyses of real-world data provide hands-on practice with Data Desk. Academic and professional versions are available, with support materials available on the website.
This is a complete software-based tutorial in introductory statistics, which has to be downloaded for offline use. It exposes the students to many data sets and uses interactive graphs which the student can alter by sliding controls.
First Bayes is a teaching package for elementary Bayesian statistics. Distributions from any of thirteen standard families may be plotted and many summaries computed. The prior distribution, likelihood and posterior distribution can be plotted on a single "triplot". First Bayes is offered free to anyone interested in teaching or learning Bayesian Statistics, provided it is not used for profit. The author notes "First Bayes is really old! Realistically, there is no prospect of it being updated, but it still works and does what it was originally intended to do."