Undergraduate majors in business and economics as well as MBA students.
- A first course in either micro or macro economics
- Finite mathematics
- Basic calculus
- Based on "Headline" situations
- timely current events
- short focused case studies
- Incorporates Microsoft Excel laboratories
as seen in Examples of Excel Use and test questions on the course web page
- The weight of pennies
- Duration of economic expansions
- Bank robberies
- Expected lottery winnings
- Multiple choice tests
- Required time for exams
- Selling loaves of bread
- Thickness of sheet metal
- Price of unleaded gas
- Death and speed limits
- Pricing of housing
- Wine consumption
- Election fraud
Published Material About This Course
- Textbook: Statistics for Business and Economics Using Microsoft Excel 97
by William E. Becker, S.R.B Publishing, 1997.
- Article: "Engaging Students in Quantitative Analysis with Short Case Examples from the Academic and Popular Press", in American Economic Review, May 1998, pp. 480-486.
- Chapter 12 in Teaching Economics to Undergraduates: Alternatives to Chalk and Talk,
edited by William E. Becker and Michael Watts, Edward Elgar Ltd., forthcoming, 1998.
Statistics for Business and Economics web page
For Further Information, contact ...
- William E. Becker, Indiana University Bloomington Department of Economics