Econometrics for Policymakers

Joan was a super-hero. He taught me essential STATA functions and how to interpret their outputs as they applied to my projects. He patiently broke down concepts for me, sat with me when I forgot what he had helped me do earlier, and responded to my emails promptly. He helped me at practically each step of the course project from clarifying the research question to creating the final graphs and figures. Without him, I'm sure that 95% of this course would have slipped past me without personal comprehension. Thank God for Joan!

Joan is an outstanding assistant instructor. He made himself available through office hours for a large part of each week and was even willing to take additional hours out of his busy schedule to meet with students if the office hours didn't work. My project was greatly strengthened by his advice, as each time I came in with questions he would talk through the different options with me and explain how to code each of them in Stata. I am immensely grateful for his help! Joan is an excellent instructor and a great guy.

Joan was hands down my favorite preceptor of the academic year. I utilized his office hours very frequently because he was not only clear and precise in his explanations of the concepts, but was patient and kind with how long it took me to understand them and how they applied to my project. I honestly do not think I would have been able to complete this project without his help. I hope for the sake of future students that Joan continues to precept, and hope he continues teaching, because he's very talented!

Proof that not all superheroes wear capes.


I could absolutely not have done my project without Joan's help! He made diving into Stata approachable, and was responsive not only during meeting times, but also by email. He made working on my project enjoyable and fun, and I feel encouraged to take on more statistical analysis in the future.

Joan was an amazing preceptor and source of instruction and support to our class and to me personally. He seemed earnestly interested in our work and helping us. He helped flesh out ideas, troubleshoot problems, improve how we use Stata, and correctly interpret findings. He made himself available above and beyond what was required and seemed to get real fulfillment from assisting us. 5 out of 5 stars.

I wouldn't have learned anything in this course without Joan! Ok that might be a bit extreme, but there is no way I would have done my project without his troubleshooting. He was extremely responsive, very compassionate, and explained things very clearly.

Given the similarities in our research interests (effects of colonization on outcomes in former colonies), I found that Joan gave excellent advice about where to look for inspiration in the existing literature. This was in addition to his ability to clearly translate my research questions into Stata code. He was incredibly patient and understanding at times when I myself felt frustrated with my project. I wholeheartedly endorse Joan's contribution to the course and I know other classmates would as well.