• Discussion Board: Please direct all written communication for Econ 103 to Piazza (login via Canvas) rather than the instructors' personal email accounts. For personal issues, use Piazza's private messaging feature to communicate directly with the course instructor and your RI.
  • Canvas: We will only use Canvas to access Piazza and display course grades.

Semester Calendar

To view a Google calendar of all important course dates, click here.

Course Documents

Please consult these documents before posting a question about course logistics to Piazza: the syllabus in particular is positively brimming with answers to FAQs.

  • Syllabus: This document is the final authority on all course policies. For dates, times and locations of recitations, quizzes and exams see the semester calendar linked above.
  • Recommended Readings: This is an old copy of the recommended readings and will be updated over the course of the semester. See Piazza for the most up-to-date information.
  • How to do well in Econ 103: Advice on the best way to study for this course.



Applied Examples

At several points during the semester we will carry out extended data analysis exercises in class or recitation. The code and data for these exercises appears below.

Lecture Slides

Lecture slides are available here. This file will be updated shortly after each lecture. If there is ever an unforseen delay in posting, you can also access my slides via github. If you choose to download slides from github rather than the course website, please be aware that I often make changes shortly before class. Since github provides an exact copy of whatever is on my computer at any given moment, you may get a preliminary rather than final version of the slides if you access them on github before the lecture takes place.

Videos / Extra Resources

This semester's lectures will be recorded and posted on Canvas. Occasionally, however, I will "flip" the classroom and instruct you to watch a pre-recorded video so that we can use class time to work on R, solve homework questions, etc. Below are some of the videos and extra resources I've created in past semesters. I may assign you to watch some of these, but even if I don't you may find them helpful.

R Tutorials

R tutorials will form part of your weekly homework. Details of which tutorials to complete in which week will appear on Piazza.

Problem Sets

The following problems sets will form part of your weekly homework. Details of which problems to complete in each week will appear on Piazza.

Practice Exams

The following is a complete collection of all exams I have given in Econ 103. All of the questions provide useful practice, but more recent exams give a better indication of what to expect on future exams. We may assign questions from some of the older exams as homework, but we will always leave the four most recent ones untouched so you can practice taking them under realistic exam conditions if desired.

Midterm I

Midterm II