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Key Concept Exercise
Research Methods
Week 5: Inferential Statistical Analysis
Question 1
The below table shows the results of an OLS regression of US real GDP growth rates (REALGDP)
on changes of oil prices (OIL), interest rate (INTERESTRATE) and inflation rates (INFLATION)
(monthly data from 1990 to 2013):
Coefficient T-stat p-value
CONSTANT 0.015 12.454 0.000
OIL -0.037 -4.565 0.003
INTERSTRATE -0.012 -5.564 0.032
INFLATION -0.004 -1.56 0.145
Adj-R 58%
(a) Discuss the statistical significance of the parameters, interpret the sign and magnitude of the
estimates, and overall fit of the model.
(b) Are the results in line with the predictions of the theory and why?
Question 2
The below table shows the results of Mann-Whitney tests of comparing the distribution of
productivity between male (1) and female (0), postgraduate (1) and undergraduate (0), and
trained (1) and non-trained (0) employees, using independent samples from a company.
SEX N Mean Rank Sum of Ranks
Productivity .00 28 25.48 713.50
1.00 25 28.70 717.50
Total 53
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