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Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 6 No. 4 (Fall 1992)

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Econometric Software: A User's View

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MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K. 1992. "Econometric Software: A User's View." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 6(4): 165-187.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.6.4.165

Abstract

For the social scientist, software is a tool, not an end in itself. My objective in this review is to help practicing economists decide which tool will best get the task done. To do this, I report on how seven programs performed on each of six different econometric projects. I focus on Limdep, RATS, SAS, Stata, SST, and TSP and I more briefly review Gauss, which is a rather different product. Comments on other aspects of the programs are sprinkled throughout.

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MacKie-Mason, Jeffrey K. (U MI)

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C87: Econometric Software

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