- Statistical Methods for Business & Economics

Aim of the course is to introduce the basic statistical tools required to conduct and evaluate empirical research in economics and the social sciences. The topics that will be covered include descriptive statistics; Probability distributions; Confidence intervals; Significance tests; Association between categorical variables; Comparisons of two groups; Simple regression analysis; Multiple regression analysis. Special attention will be given to the application of these statistical tools to the analysis of real phenomena. In particular, in order to obtain a better understanding of the concepts taught in the lectures, an emphasis is placed on using software such as Excel and STATA. This course is a prerequisite for more advanced courses in econometrics. (Cross listed International Economics/International Development)

**Offered Both Semesters**

- Math Review

Math plays an integral part in building the type of sound understanding of economics that SAIS students will be expected to develop. The topics covered in this review are: Fundamentals of Algebra; Graphs and Functions; Systems of Equations; Limits and Derivatives; and Lagrange Multipliers.

- Math Review for Risk Assessment

Math plays an integral part in building the type of sound understanding of risk assessment you will be expected to develop as a SAIS student. During the Math Review for Risk Assessment we will cover the following topics: Fundamentals of Algebra; Graphs and Functions; Systems of Equations; Limits and Derivatives; Lagrange Multipliers; and Introduction to Probability Distributions.

- Introduction to Statistics

This course is designed to furnish students with the fundamental tools of statistical analysis, including analysis of descriptive statistics, probability distributions, statistical inference and related tests, correlation and conditional expectation. Aim of the course is to introduce the basic statistical tools required to conduct and evaluate empirical research in economics and the social sciences. Special attention will be given to the application of these statistical tools to the analysis of real phenomena.

- Introduction to STATA (Skills Course)

This 6 hour course is an introductory primer to using STATA software to perform basic econometric analysis.
**Course objectives**: The course aims to prepare students to utilize STATA, one of the most commonly used statistical analysis software packages, and develop a deeper understanding of econometrics. Students will develop a basic understanding of the mathematical principles underlying econometric analysis through practical applications with STATA. Students will manipulate data, learn basic programming commands, and analyze regression output with the aim of independent skills application.