Links for Economists
Below you will find a list of sites that I believe would be useful to other economists. It is by no means complete and reflects my research interests. To make matters simple I have placed a list of contents below which should make your experience here easier. Please inform me of any broken links or sites that you believe I would find interesting.
- General Overviews
- Departments and People
- Fun Stuff
- Working Papers
Data and Software
- Data Sources
- Statistical Software - Freeware
- Statistical Software - Commercial
- Other Useful Software Packages
- Statistical Code
- TEX and LaTEX links
- Economics of Education
- Experimental Economics
- Health Economics
- Labor Economics
Economics of Education
- Many of these sites were lifted from Marty Gaynor's website.
- International Health Economics Association
(this has a lot of good links).
- Health Economics - Places to Go (a site with
a lot of links, esp. to European/International sites).
- Collège des Economistes de la Santé (College
of Health Economists - the French health economics association
- Center for Studying Health System Change (extensive
studies of changes in health system in recent years. lots of information, reports,
- A web server on health services
stuff of interest at the Univ. of Michigan.
- Journal of Health Economics
(tables of contents, abstracts, you may be able to download papers from some recent
- Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and
Law (tables of contents).
- Health Services Research (journal on
health services research. lists tables of contents).
- Health Affairs (A very nice readable journal
on health policy issues. Very up to the minute, generally very well done).
- Modern Healthcare's web site (A trade
publication that tracks quite well what's happening in the health care industry).
- The New England Journal of Medicine (the
preeminent medical journal -they regularly publish a few articles on health services
research or health policy).
- Agency for Health Care Policy Research, USDHHS (They
do most of the research on health care and policy in a broad sense that is done in-house
by the US govt. They also fund a lot of outside research).
- Health Care Financing Administration (The folks who
bring you Medicare and Medicaid; some #s and statistics).
- Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MEDPAC)
(advises Congress on Medicare payment policy. documents, reports,...).
- Center for Disease Control (vital statistics
information and a lot more).
- National Institutes of Health (the big health research
arm of the federal govt.).
- Federal Trade Commission's page on health
antitrust (FTC Statements of Antitrust Enforcement Policy in Health Care, FTC
antitrust activities in health care, etc.).
- U.S. General Accounting Office reports (The
GAO puts out lots of reports on lots of stuff, including health. You can download reports
in Acrobat format from this site.).
- Thomas (The Library of Congress' website on
congressional legislative activity).
- Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (HC4)
(reports, information on Pennsylvania health care costs and quality).
- American Medical Association (you have to register
for some parts of this site, but there is no charge).
- American Hospital Association.
- Health Israel home page (a
forum for discussion of Israeli health policy, also documents, papers).
- Inflation Calculation
(a site maintained by the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank. calculates inflation using the
CPI. also contains explanation of how this is done).
- Antitrust Policy (has extensive resources on
For the most complete list of journals in Economics, see WebEC's list of journals
Software packages: Freeware/Shareware
- ADE-4, for multivariate
analysis and multivariate visualization.
Statistical Archives, a collection of various packages and
- DE Histograms, an
Excel add-on with histogram creation and normality and outlier testing
- EasyReg by
- Fair-Parke for
large scale macroeconomic dynamic simultaneous equation modelling.
for power analysis.
describe as a program for "statistics and matrix algrebra".
- MuPAD, shareware competitor of
- Mx, focuses on structural
- WinIDAMS 1.0, focuses on data manipulation and a wide range
of classical and advanced statistical techniques.
- O-Matrix, a matrix programming
- GNU's Octave, a matrix programming languaje.
- Ox, highly recommended
has a great DPD subpackage
- R Plus, Popular freeware alternative to S-PLUS.
- SciLab, a matlab-like
numerical computation package
- Solutions (a freeware computer algebra system)
freeware visual statistics program.
- WebStat, a
Java-based statistical computing program
a LISP-style statistical programming languaje.
- XploRe, a statistical
programming lanjuage. Unlimited Linux version available.
- Yorick (a freeware alternative to GAUSS,
Software packages: Commercial
- Amos, geared towards
structural model estimation. A free
student version is available.
focuses on time series analysis and data management.
- Autobox, mainly an implementation
of ARMA-type forecasting techniques.
- BMDP, a long-running
series of general purpose statistical packages.
Ball, an EXCEL add-on for Monte Carlo simulation.
- DataDesk, a relatively new Mac package
that has gotten good reviews
- Dataplore, a time series
- EQS, focuses on strucutural
- EViews. A nice windows based package. Useful for time series and GMM estimation. Popular in business schools probably since it is really easy to use.
- EXPO, marketed as
econometrics for traders (huh?).
- GAMS solves a variety of complex
- GAUSS, the classic matrix programming language used
in econometrics. Many are switching away to Matlab.
- GB-Stat, a general purpose
statistical analysis package
Numerical optimization for FORTRAN users.
- JMP, a graphics-rich package
for exploratory analysis.
- LIMDEP, for
limited-dependent model estimation. Software manual is available on line
- LISREL, for
structural equation estimation. Popular with psychologists.
- Macsyma, for symbolic algebra.
- Maple, for symbolic algebra.
- Mathematica, the industry-standard
in symbolic algebra
- MATLAB, one the of the big matrix programming
- MATCOM, a commercial
MATLAB to C++ translator.
- MathCad, from the publishers of S-PLUS. A general
purpose mathematical package.
- Minitab, a general purpose
statistical analysis package. Undergrads at Pitt are not too fond of this program.
- Microfit, for
time series analysis.
- MODSTAT, an
inexpensive general purpose package.
- Multivariance, for
analysis of variance.
- NCSS, a general purpose
- PASS, for power analysis.
- PC-GIVE, PC-FIML and
PC-NAIVE, from the designer of Ox and David Hendry
- RATS and CATS, both time-series oriented.
- SAS, the hard-to-learn but powerful classic statistics
package. Version 8.0 looks promising and is just being released
- SHAZAM, widely used Canadian econometric software. Chetan Dave is a big fan.
- SIMSTAT, a general purpose package
with multimedia capabilities.
- S-PLUS, a very flexible statistical
programming language. Great for non parametric analysis.
- The S-PLUS FAQ
- Soritech, a new general purpose econometrics
- STAMP, for time
- STATISTICA, a
general purpose statistical analysis package.
- SPSS, very popular for use in applied statistics for
- Stata, one of the most popular
econometrics packages. Easy to learn and it remains my favorite.
- StatView, a general
purpose statistical package.
focuses on survey analysis.
a popular general purpose statistical analysis package.
- TSP, the
classic time series analysis package. Great user support and the most trustworthy of all canned packages. Check out their examples section many of these programs are benchmarked.
- UNISTAT, general purpose
statistical analysis. Works as an EXCEL add-on.
- WINKS, an entry-level statistical
- XTREMES, for the
eanalysis of extreme data.
Other software related links
Survival Analysis for S-plus (and R).
- Blitz++, a C & C++
library for scientific computing.
- Cahill Software provides
C++ code for MLE estimation
- CodEC, a collection of links to code for
economics and econometrics
- Econometrics Laboratory Software Archive (at UC
- Experts Exchange (a place to get
- Frequently Asked Questions About S
- Gallant-Tauchen SNP
resources at American University
- The GAUSS Tutorial on the Web.
- LAPACK and LAPACK++, the venerable linear algebra packages.
- The Mathematica Benchmark Site
- The Mathematica Help Page at Yale
MATLAB Econometrics Code,/li>
- Netlib, a wide collection of code, papers, datasets, etc
- Numerical Analysis and
- Numerical Recipes in C
- "Modern Applied Statistics with
S-PLUS" (the Venables and Ripley book)
- The OX discussion page.
- RATS programs and information can be found at
David Montgomery's Home Page
- StatLib Index
- Symbolic Mathematical Computation Information Center
- Stixbox (freeware
statistics toolbox for MATLAB)
- Trellis graphics
page, with S-plus related code
NetLib Archive for scientific computing.
FLIB, the Fortran Library, and other
TEX and LaTEX links
Datasets and Organizations that provide data services:
Departments and People