Prof. Bryan Caplan

bcaplan@gmu.edu

http://www.gmu.edu/departments/economics/bcaplan

Economics 345

Fall, 1998

Problem Set #1 Answer Key

Wallace and Silver Problems.

1.1.

a. Since the problem specifies that there is no replacement, you have to be careful when calculating the probability of different events. The best approach is to make a table (or tree) showing all possibilities and their probabilities:

1st draw

2nd draw

3rd draw

Prob

O

Y

Y

(3/5)(2/4)(1/3)=6/60

Y

O

Y

(2/5)(3/4)(1/3)=6/60

Y

O

Y

(2/5)(1/4)(3/3)=6/60

Y

O

O

(2/5)(3/4)(2/3)=12/60

O

Y

O

(3/5)(2/4)(2/3)=12/60

O

O

Y

(3/5)(2/4)(2/3)=12/60

O

O

O

(3/5)(2/4)(1/3)=6/60

Reading off the table, P(X=1)=18/60; P(X=2)=36/60; P(X=3)=6/60;

P(Y=0)=6/60; P(Y=1)=36/60; P(Y=2)=18/60

b.

Y/X

1

2

3

P(Y)

0

0

0

6/60

6/60

1

0

36/60

0

36/60

2

18/60

0

0

18/60

P(X)

18/60

36/60

6/60

 

c. E(X)=1.80; E(Y)=1.20; Var(X)=.36; Var(Y)=.36

d. Cov(X,Y)=-.36

e. P(1)=54/60; P(2)=0; P(3)=6/60

Z/X

1

2

3

P(Z)

1

18/60

36/60

0

54/60

2

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

6/60

6/60

P(X)

18/60

36/60

6/60

 

f. If X=1, then Y=2, so |X-Y|=|1-2|=1 with probability 1.

g. E(Z)=1.2; V(Z)=.360; Cov(X,Y)=.24

 

1.8.

a. 8

b. V(X-Y)=Var(X)+Var(Y)+2*Cov(X,Y)=6

c. 44

d. (a) 8; (b) 0; (c) 80

1.9. X must be a constant.

1.16. X has a normal distribution with mean of 66 and SD=10 (Since Var(X)=100). Define Z=(X-66/10)~N(0,1). Thus P(X<50) equals P(Z<(50-66)/10)=.0548.

Freedman and Lane Problems.

p.30, #5.

a. T. Mathematically, , so it can't be negative. Intuitively, you can have a big spread, a small spread, or no spread, but you can't have negative spread!

b. T

c. F

d. T

e. F

p.35, #1.

a. T

b. F

c. T

d. F

p.46, #7.

a. n

b.

c.

d.

p.53, #4.

a. 0

b. 0

c. 1

d. 1

e. T. By definition, . So plugging in for (a)-(d), .

Caplan Problem.

a. ;

b. Use t-distribution for 4 degrees of freedom. Critical value is 2.776; , so reject the null.

Computer Work.

Variable

Obs

Mean

Var

SD

Min

Max

I

35

4.84

9.61

3.10

1

13.5

U

35

6.14

2.27

1.51

3.5

9.7

 

I

U

I

1.000

.207

U

.207

1.000

Also, you can download the completed workfile from the class webpage.