# The role of simulations in econometrics pedagogy

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Published Online: Dec 02 2014

DOI: 10.1002/wics.1342

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This article assesses the role of simulation methods in econometrics pedagogy. Technological advances have increased researchers' abilities to use simulation methods and have contributed to a greater presence of simulation‐based analysis in econometrics research. Simulations can also have an important role as pedagogical tools in econometrics education by providing a data‐driven medium for difficult‐to‐grasp theoretical ideas to be empirically mimicked and the results to be visualized and interpreted accessibly. Three sample blueprints for implementing simulations to demonstrate foundational econometric principles provide a framework for gauging the effectiveness of simulation analysis as a pedagogical instrument. WIREs Comput Stat 2015, 7:160–165. doi: 10.1002/wics.1342 This article is categorized under: Statistical and Graphical Methods of Data Analysis > Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) Statistical Models > Simulation Models