Links



I provide here a use of links which are of interest to me, and which may be useful for other economists.  







Data

    General

    http://www.ipums.org
An online repository for census data from a wide range of countries from 1800-present.
    http://www.nber.org/data/ Links from the National Bureau of Economic Research
    http://www.measuredhs.com/ The Demographic and Health Surveys.  For more details on downloading and manipulating, see the document in the computation section of this site.
    http://rfe.org/index.php AEA's Resources for Economists on the Internet.  Includes data and more.
    http://opr.princeton.edu/archive/wfs/ A series of supplementary fertility surveys applied in DHS countries in the last 1970's and early 1980's.
    http://economics.mit.edu/faculty/angrist/data1/data  The Angrist Data Archive: data and run files from papers by Angrist and co-authors.
    http://www.barrolee.com/ The Barro-Lee cross-country educational attainment dataset.
    http://www.rand.org/labor/FLS.html The RAND family life surveys for Bangladesh,  Guatemala, Indonesia and Malaysia.
     http://www.google.com/publicdata/directory
Google public data explorer - a useful way to quickly visualise data across time and places.


    Chile

   
       http://www.simce.cl/ A standardized test and household survey undertaken by all Chilean students in 2nd, 4th, 8th and 10th grades.
       http://observatorio.ministeriodesarrollosocial.gob.cl/casen_obj.php The CASEN (National Socioeconomic Characterization), a nationally representative survey used widely for academic research and social planning.  A panel survey is also available.
       http://www.proteccionsocial.cl/index.asp The EPS (Social Protection Survey), a nationally representative survey used to analyse the effectiveness of the mandatory pension system and other social protection tools.  Panel data is available.
       Ministry of Education Statistics
Ministry of Education administrative data on students, teachers and establishments
       Ministry of Health Statistics
Data made available by the Ministry of Health covering demographics, births and deaths, health spending and use.
       http://www.elpi.cl/ The Longitudinal Survey of Early Childhood, a specialized survey focusing on children between the ages of 6 months and 5 years.  The first wave was applied in 2010, and will be extended to a panel in coming years.
       http://www.encuestalongitudinaldocente.cl/ The Longitudinal Survey of Teachers, a panel survey examining the characteristics of Chilean teachers.
       INE microdata Microdata from the National Institute of Statistics.  This includes the Census (applied once every decade in years ending in 2), along with the national employment survey.  The INE website also provides a wide range of macroeconomic indicators.
       http://www.empleo.microdatos.cl/ The ocupation and disocupation survey in Santiago (employment figures).
       http://www.comunidadmujer.cl/estudios/voz-de-mujer/  The Voz de Mujer (Women's Voice), a survey examining social values, female labour force participation and other relevant topics to female empowerment.   Undertaken by the NGO ComunidadMujer.
       http://datos.gob.cl/ The Public Data Portal of the Government of Chile.  An excellent repository of open data.


General News and Comment

    Blogs

        
      www.becker-posner-blog.com  A (generally) weekly blog written by Gary Becker and Richard Posner.  Available in English and in Spanish.
      www.marginalrevolution.com  A frequently updated blog focusing on economics, food security, technology and much, much more.
      www.cheaptalk.org  A blog focusing on economics (among other things)
      www.crookedtimber.com  Politics among other things.  "Out of the crooked timber of humanity, no straight thing was ever made."
      http://rodrik.typepad.com/dani_rodriks_weblog/  Dani Rodrik's blog on economic development and globalisation.

    Commentary

    
      http://ciperchile.cl/    An independent centre for reporting focussing on Chilean current events.
      http://www.project-syndicate.org/  "A world of ideas".  A site which provides commentary on current events and issues.
      www.xkcd.com  A jewel of the internet.  Worth visiting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (and now Tuesday).
      http://econjwatch.org/  A critical review of articles published in economic journals.  Published tri-annualy

    
      

Software and Computation

    General

     http://www.wired.com A general news site for technology, software and a range of other topics. 
     http://www.linux.org/ Information on Linux for those interested in open source operating systems.  For more specific details, see individual OS sites (such as that listed below)
     http://www.ubuntu.com/ The starting place for installing and working with a free, open-source operating system.
     http://www.wolframalpha.com/ A useful port of first call.
     http://www.random.org/'True' online random number generator using atmospheric noise.
     Floating Point Arithmetic (Goldberg)
A nice paper for those interested in the arithmetic built into all our computations.

    Version Control

     https://bitbucket.org/ A free on-line repository for code, and an easy way to link with local git repositories to store and share code online.
     http://git-scm.com/ A starting point for version control; an efficient way to track the evolution of documents and projects without saving multiple copies.
     http://www.progit.org/  Information on how to get started with git plus extensive information for those wanting further details.
     http://people.ischool.berkeley.edu/~hal/Papers/how.pdf "How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time": an interesting short article by Hal Varian explaining the utility of version control. 
       

    TeX

     www.scribtex.com A free online LaTeX editor and compiler.
     www.bibtex.org A description of BIBTex, LaTeX's inbuilt bibliography compiler.
     http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2d/LaTeX.pdf The comprehensive LaTeX manual; a very useful reference for LaTeX users and interested learners.
     http://www.texample.net/tikz/examples/ TikZ examples: creating graphics directly in the TeX language.  For more information, see the comprehensive manual.
     Beamer user guide A guide to Beamer: presentations written in TeX.

    MATLAB and Octave

     http://www.gnu.org/software/octave/  Rather than MATLAB, try Octave, essentially an open source (free) version of MATLAB.
   

    Stata

     http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/library/GraphExamples/default.htm Useful graphing examples.
     http://www.stata.com/plugins/ Stata's introduction to Plugins: a way to introduce compiled (more rapid) C code directly into Stata.
     http://data.princeton.edu/stata/programming.aspx A good, brief introduction to programming using Stata's ado language.
     http://www.stata.com/statalist/archive/ The StataList, a resource for Stata based discussion and troubleshooting.
                                                                                         
 
      

    Other Programs

    http://learnpythonthehardway.org/book/ "Learn Python the Hard Way", a very good (free) introduction to programming using the high-level language Python written by Zed Shaw.  Also available (free) are "Learn C the Hard Way", "Learn SQL the Hard Way", "Learn Ruby the Hard Way" and "Learn Regular Expressions the Hard Way".  These are all very worthwhile.
    http://www.scipy.org/The SciPy homepage.  This is probably the most useful bundle of tools for economists who wish to work with Python.
    MIT Open Course Ware: Practical Programming in C An introduction to C provided by MIT via its Open Course Ware initiative.
    http://www.r-project.org/ R.  A free and fast programming language!
    http://journal.r-project.org/ The R Journal.  Also free!
    http://www.rstudio.com/shiny/ Shiny: A web application using R for the dynamic visualisation of data.
    http://julialang.org/Julia: a quite new and very high performing open computer language useful for economists.




Development and Education

Development

    
    http://ipl.econ.duke.edu/bread/
The Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. A useful source for current working papers.
    http://www-2.iies.su.se/Nobel2012/page_nobel_slides_java.html A series of very worthwhile presentations on the state of development economics
    http://www.cgdev.org/section/opinions/blogs The Center for Global Development has a number of worthwhile 'development' blogs.
   

Education

    
      www.ted.com  Free streamed talks.  "Ideas worth spreading"
      www.khanacademy.org
 A wide-ranging site offering free tutorials and exercises for range of educational levels and topics.
      www.udacity.com
 More free online education.  Designed by university-level teachers.
      http://mruniversity.com/
 Still more free online education.   Started by economists Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok.
      https://www.edx.org/  Open courses from MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, etc.  Has the famous course "Justice", teaching by Banerjee and Duflo, and much more.
      https://www.coursera.org/  More on-line courses for free.
    

Openness


      http://openeconomics.net/principles/Open Economic Principles: A statement on the openness of economic data and code.   A very worthwhile initiative for economics.