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Syllabus Fall 2006
Economic Statistics (AREC/ECON 339)
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics
University of Arizona
Fall, 2006

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Instructor: Jennifer Pullen
Office: Chávez Building, Room 336
Telephone: 621-6256

Office Hours: Monday 10:30 – 11:30, Wednesday 2:15 – 3:15

Teaching Assistant: Jessica Bowron
Office: Chávez Building, Room 417
Telephone: 621-4319
Office Hours: Tuesday 11-12, Wednesday 11:30-12:30

T Th 9:30 – 10:45 Chávez Building, Room 301

Math 113, 124, or 125 (Calculus)

Course Description:
Introductory statistics course that examines the application and interpretation of statistical measures to problems in economics. Topics covered will include: probability, distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression.

Text Book:
Statistics For Business and Economics, Edition 9e, 2005, Anderson, Sweeney, Williams

Course Outline:
This is only a tentative plan of the course topics; it is subject to modification at a later date. Topic 9 in particular should be noted as “time permitting” only.

Topic 1: Introduction to Probability
Reading: Textbook, chapter 4

Topic 2: Discrete Probability Distributions
Reading: Textbook, chapter 5

Topic 3: Continuous Probability Distributions
Reading: Textbook, chapter 6

Topic 4: Sampling and Sampling Distributions
Reading: Textbook, chapter 7

Topic 5: Interval Estimation
Reading: Textbook, chapter 8

Topic 6: Hypothesis Testing
Reading: Textbook, chapter 9

Topic 7: Comparisons Involving Means
Reading: Textbook, chapter 10

Topic 8: Simple Linear Regression
Reading: Textbook, chapter 14, select sections from chapters 12 and 13 may also be included.

Topic 9: Multiple Regression
Reading: Text, chapter 15

Student Evaluation:
The assessment of the course will be structured as the following:

Mid-term 1: (Thursday, September 14th) 20%
Mid-term 2: (Thursday, October 12th) 20%
Mid-term 3: (Thursday, November 9th) 20%
Final Exam: (Monday, December 12th) 20%
8:00 – 10:00 am
Homework Assignments 20%

Make-up Exams:
There will be no make-up exams. When a student has a legitimate reason (documented emergency or a university related official excuse) for missing an exam, the student will have the missed exam omitted entirely from the calculation of their grade; the grade will then depend fully on the remaining assessed material. Students who miss an exam without a verifiable, legitimate excuse will receive a zero for that exam.

All homework assignments will be due one week from the date assigned. No late assignments will be accepted. The lowest homework grade will be dropped for each student when calculating their final homework mark. Approximately five homework assignments will be given throughout the semester. Several extra credit opportunities will be given as optional in-class assignments.

Class Attendance:
Class attendance is expected and highly encouraged. Homework assignments will be handed out during class. It is to your benefit to attend class on a regular basis. According to University policy excessive or extended absence from class is sufficient reason for students to be administratively dropped. For those course in which enrollment is limited, missing the first class session may be interpreted as excessive absence. Please see

Academic Integrity:
Students are encouraged to share intellectual views and discuss freely the principles and applications of the course materials. However, graded course material must be executed independently, except when noted by the instructor This course operates under the UA academic code as described at

Special Needs:
Students needing special accommodations or special services should contact the Disability Resource Center ( and/or the SALT center ( Students with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to fully participate in course activities or meet course requirements must register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC). If you quality for services through DRC, bring your letter of accommodations to me as soon as possible.

Incomplete Grade & Withdrawal Grade
This course follows incomplete grade and withdrawal grade procedures described at Incomplete grade will be given under exceptional circumstances only.

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