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The Virtual Institute, with sponsorship from the Government of Finland, organized a workshop on panel data methods applied to international trade for 36 Ugandan lecturers and researchers working in academia and government agencies. The workshop was held in Kampala, at Vi’s core member, the Makerere University Business School, August 15-19. Conducted by Marco Fugazza, of UNCTAD's Division on International Trade in Goods and Services, and Commodities, the objective of the workshop was to introduce participants to panel data modelling, a way to estimate and test relations based on samples containing a time series of observations for a cross section of individuals, firms, markets, countries, country-pairs etc. The workshop was highly appreciated by the participants; results from the final evaluation showed that 100 percent of the respondents felt that the workshop had fully met or exceeded their expectations.
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- Workshop syllabus (including programme and reading list)
- List of participants
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Monday, August 15 | ||

- Introduction to Stata
- Introduction to data management with Stata
- Model estimation with Stata
- Data sources
References - Baum, C.F. (2003). "Introduction to Stata". PowerPoint presentation.
- Baum, C.F. (2006).
*An Introduction to Modern Econometrics Using Stata*. Stata Press. - Baltagi, B.H. (2005).
*Econometric Analysis of Panel Data*(3rd edition). John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. - Greene, W.H. (2003).
*Econometric Analysis*(5th edition). Prentice Hall.
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Tuesday, August 16 | ||

- Introduction to panel data models
- Econometric analysis of panel data 1
- Econometric analysis of panel data 2
- Differences-in-differences estimations
- Data sources
References - Brüderl, J. (2008). "Panel Data Analysis Using Stata". PowerPoint presentation.
- Duch, R. (2010). "Longitudinal/Panel Data Analysis". PowerPoint presentations.
- Fisher, H. (2010). "Introduction to Stata - Lecture 3: Panel Data"
- Manning, A. "Differences-in-Differences and A Brief Introduction to Panel Data".
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Wednesday, August 17 - Thursday, August 18 | ||

- Basics of linear panel models
- Fixed effects and random effects models
- The gravity approach
- Building a dataset for gravity models
- WTO membership and trade
- Trade and the WTO practice
- Regional trade agreements and trade
- Data sources
References - Anderson, E.A. and van Wincoop, E. (2001). "Gravity with Gravitas: A Solution to the Border Puzzle". NBER working paper no.8079.
- Baldwin, R. and Taglioni, D. (2006). "Gravity for Dummies and Dummies for Gravity Equations". NBER working paper no. 12516.
- Helpman, E., Melitz, M. and Rubinstein, Y. (2007). "Estimating Trade Flows: Trading Partners and Trading Volumes". NBER working paper no. 12927.
- Silva, J.S. and Tenreyro, S. (2005). "The Log of Gravity". CEPR discussion paper no. 5311.
- Westerlund, J. and Wilhelmsson, F. (2006). "Estimating the gravity model without gravity using panel data".
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Friday, August 19 | ||

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