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"Let your interests and passions guide you in choosing the questions you ask, but keep those passions out of the answers you form."

--Richard Musgrave

Syllabus Spring 2024 syllabus
Spring 2024 course packet


Videos by Joshua Angrist on "Mastering Econometrics"

Free online textbook: Scott Cunningham, Causal Inference: The Mixtape.

Free online textbook: Nick Huntington-Klein, The Effect: An Introduction to Research Design and Causality.


Sources for economic data


Stata resources

SAS resources

R resources

of student
papers for
ECON 190

Whitney Hanson, How Does Immigration Relate to Different Measures of Crime in the United States? DUSSJ, Spring 2017.

Ryan McKeever, Measuring Human Development in the United States, DUSSJ, Spring 2017.

Noah Bamonte-Grebis, Cash Transfers and Individual Labor, DUSSJ, Spring 2020.

Abigail Cornett, The Winds of Change: How Wind Energy Impacts Local Economies in Iowa, DMR, Vol. 10, Issue 1, October 2020.

Haley Dietz, Behavioral Economics and the Demand for Insurance, DMR, Vol. 10, Issue 1, October 2020.

Tate Clemen, Impact of Total Per Student School Expenditure on Intergenerational Upward Mobility DMR, Vol. 11, Issue 1/2, October 2021.

Bryan Schlotterbeck, Food stamps: The Impact on Consumer Expenditure Behavior, DMR, Vol. 12, Issue 1, October 2022.


If you have written a good paper, don't just keep it to yourself! Submit it to one of the following and add a line to your resume.

On-campus outlets for student economics research

Off-campus outlets for student economics research

  • American Economic Association page (list of journals and conferences that welcome undergraduate research).
  • Student Monthly Labor Review, sponsored by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: factsheet, submission form.
  • Jepson Undergraduate Research Conference on International Economics at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls. The conference usually takes place in April. Paper submissions are usually due at the end of February. For more information, contact Professor Shahina Amin.
  • Midwest Economics Association Annual Conference. The conference usually takes place in March, and includes several sessions for undergraduate research. Undergraduate paper submissions are usually due December 1--see the website for details.
  • Michigan Journal of Business, an undergraduate-run academic business journal.