Below you will find a hopefully not too outdated list of sites that I originally made in 2002 that I felt would be useful to other economists.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. I also put some dated personal interest links at the very bottom

General Interest
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

Research Fields
Economics of Education
Experimental Economics
Health Economics
Labor Economics

Economics of Education

Experimental Economics

Health Economics

Labor Economics


Software packages: Freeware/Shareware

Software packages: Commercial

    • Amos, geared towards structural model estimation. A free student version is available.
    • AREMOS,  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.
    • Crystal Ball, an EXCEL add-on for Monte Carlo simulation.
    • DataDesk, a relatively new Mac package that has gotten good reviews
    • Dataplore, a time series processor.
    • EQS, focuses on strucutural modelling.
    • 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 optimization problems.
    • GAUSS, the classic matrix programming language used in econometrics. Many are switching away to Matlab.
    • GB-Stat, a general purpose statistical analysis package
    • GQOPT. 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 languages
    • 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 statistical package.
    • 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 package
    • STAMP, for time series analysis.
    • STATISTICA, a general purpose statistical analysis package.
    • SPSS, very popular for use in applied statistics for social sciences.
    • Stata, one of the most popular econometrics packages. Easy to learn and it remains my favorite.
    • StatView, a general purpose statistical package.
    • SUDAAN, focuses on survey analysis.
    • SYSTAT, 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 package
    • XTREMES, for the eanalysis of extreme data.

Other software related links


TEX and LaTEX links


and Organizations that provide data services:

General Overview

Departments and People


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