Monday, April 28, 2014

Cornell History of Capitalism Summer Camp Deadline Nears

Cornell's History of Capitalism Summer Camp is a two-week workshop focusing on economic methods for historians. The format of the workshop is loosely based on an executive MBA program. Faculty and graduate students from across the country will participate in two weeks of intense lectures and labs in core technical areas designed to give them confidence in applying quantitative methods and economic theory to historical research. Participants receive instruction from statisticians, economists, and accountants on the basics of their fields, giving attendees the capacity and vocabulary to further develop their interests in economic techniques. By the end of the Camp, participants should be able to run basic regressions, conduct statistical tests, understand basic micro- and macroeconomic theory, and evaluate financial statements.
   The goal of the program is to encourage participants to develop the intuition required to undertake quantitative analysis, and to know when to ask for additional help from statistical consulting services at their university. The aim is to empower students to learn more after the workshop ends. The goal of all the topics is to provide participants with the necessary skills in locating and interpreting data, and then to provide the economic literacy to communicate those findings to a broader audience.
  The registration deadline for the Summer Camp is May 1. Please see the Camp website for more information. The Camp is part of Cornell's History of Capitalism Initiative.