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EU and Brexit
The bulk of the negotiations regarding the United Kingdom withdrawal from the European Union were concluded on December 24, 2020. The details are available here: More)
Inflation Targeting
Inflation targeting is a somewhat new approach to the role of Central Banks. This system was implemented in Brazil when I was a senior in college. I still remember the debate on whether inflation targeting was appropriate to a developing country like (More)
The infancy of Mercosul (or Mercosur)
There are two very interesting books in pdf format about Mercosur by Paulo Roberto Almeida that can be downloaded for free. The first book is titled "More)
Statistical Learning using R
I recently came across this book titled "An Introduction to Statistical Learning, with Applications in R". It can be downloaded for free at t (More)
Stata tip: creating a local containing all (or almost all) variables of the data set
Locals containing a list of variables can be very useful when using Stata. A common need is a local containing all variables of a data set. This local can be created by means of the ds command. Here is an example using the lifeexp.dta data file. (More)
The erratic Brazilian trade policy
The recent elections in South America indicate a major change in course for the Southern Cone countries and also for Bolivia. This change is not uniform across countries, and in some cases can be in opposite directions like the cases of Brazil and Ar (More)
Some resources for using R with spatial data
Spatial data models and visualizations are important tools in the design of public policies. I provide below some links to tutorials about spatial modelling using R that I have found useful. The first stop should be at the More)
The past of Mercosur (or Mercosul)
The recent presidential elections in South America have raised concerns about the future of Mercosur, or Mercosul for Portuguese speakers. Although it is too early to make any reasonable prediction, it is interesting to note that Mercosur since its i (More)
Transferring IPEADATA series to Stata
A common issue that arises when converting time series data from IPEADATA to Stata format is dealing appropriately with the time variable. For instance, for monthly series the date format will be YYYY.MM. Stata us (More)
A few tips for programming in Stata
Stata is a very powerful and useful statistical software. Just like any sophisticated tool, it takes time to learn about it. And you need to invest some time to master it. Programming is one of those skills that knowing a little bit can be very benef (More)
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