Economics Department

Resources for Economics Students

Public Policy Workshop
Statistical and Econometric Software
Library Research Guide for Economics
Quantitative Skills Center
Economics Department Citation Guide (PDF)

The Public Policy Workshop

The Public Policy Workshop (PPW) is a research facility available to students working on research in the Division of History and Social Sciences. It is located in Eliot 110 and contains six computers which can function in either Mac or Windows operating systems. The equipment provided represents the state-of-the-art technology supporting the most recent releases of operating systems and applications. Laser printing and projection facilities are also available. Application forms for access to the PPW facility can be found outside Eliot 110A.

Statistical and Econometric Software

Various academic departments at Reed maintain statistical software packages that are particularly suited to the kinds of statistical analysis common in their disciplines. Economics is no exception. Reed has numerous statistical packages to support econometric analysis in classes and thesis work.

The most commonly used statistical software for Reed economics students is Stata, which is a general-purpose statistical package used in both Econ 311 and 312. Stata is available on the Reed network and can be run on any campus computers.

Economics students often need to find data in order to support their research activities. A cooperative initiative between the Computing and Information Systems office and the Reed Library has led to the Data@Reed program, which enlists the support of staff in both offices in helping students and faculty find and use online data resources.