The Journal of Economic Education
The increasing importance of empirical analysis in economics highlights the need for efficient ways to bring these skills to the classroom. R Markdown is a new technology that provides a solution by integrating writing, statistical work and computation into a single document. R Markdown benefits students and instructors by streamlining teaching, research, and collaboration. We report on our use of R Markdown in undergraduate teaching, including core courses, electives, and senior theses. We discuss the costs and benefits of adoption, and explain the advantages of R Markdown in teaching reproducibility of empirical work, avoiding time-consuming and error-prone ‘cut and paste,’ and facilitating a one-stop solution for importing, cleaning, manipulating, visualizing and communicating with data.
statistics teaching, econometrics teaching, reproducibility, data
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Dvorak, Tomas; Halliday, Simon; O'Hara, Michael; and Swoboda, Aaron, "Efficient Empiricism: Streamlining Teaching, Research, and Learning in Empirical Courses" (2019). Economics: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.
Peer reviewed accepted manuscript.
JEL CODES: A22, B4, C8