17.871 Home Page

Subject Information

Links down this column of the page refer to requirements and assignments for 17.871 in the Spring of 2007. Archives of class material are available from Fall 1999 and Spring 2001, when the class was numbered 17.801, and Spring 2002 and Spring 2003 and Spring 2006. In Spring 2004 and Spring 2005, the class was on Stellar, which means (alas), it is not generally available to browers. This class also has an OCW page.

Syllabus and class schedule

  • Syllabus (revised)
  • Meetings
  • First Presentations

    If you want to explore on your own, click on this link to download the "data1.dta" file that is used as a running example in Chapter 1.

  • How to Use the STATA infile and infix commands
  • How to Use the STATA merge and reshape commands


    Small, simple assignment for February 8
    Group Project Assignment
    Problem Set 1
    Problem Set 2
    Final Assignment
    Problem Set 3

    Data Source for Problem Set 1
    Data Source for Problem Set 2 #1 | #2

    The following slides were used in lecture. They are all Microsoft PowerPoint files.

    Research Design

    Descriptive Statistics

    Bivariate Relationships
    | Do File

    Multiple Regression


    Special Topics

  • Data Links

    Links down this column of the page refer to various data sites that have proved useful over the years. I invite nominations for new sites and information about inactive sites.

    Harvard-MIT Data Center
    Social Science Data Resources @ the MIT Libraries
    Political Science Data Resources from the Stanford University Library
    UC Data Archive @ Berkeley
    Paul Hensel's International Relations Data Site
    Washington Post gateway to government Internet resources.

    American Religion Data Archive
    Bureau of Economic Analysis
    Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Bureau of Labor Statistics
    Bureau of Transportation Statistics
    Division of Science Resources Studies (NSF)
    Energy Information Administration
    Environmental Protection Agency
    Federal Budget
    FEDSTATS (Index to federal agency statistics on line)
    National Agricultural Statistics Service
    National Center for Education Statistics
    National Center for Health Statistics
    Office of Management and Budget
    Statistics of Income Division (Internal Revenue Service)
    U.S. Census Bureau
    U.S. Federal Election Commission
    World Bank: Social Indicators of Development, 1995
    World Bank: Trends in Developing Economies, 1995

    Methodology section, APSA
    Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), the world's largest archive of computer-readable social science data.
    National Election Study (NES), for information about public opinion studies
    Working Paper Sites of Political Science