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In comments on a recent

**post**, “Ben” and**Tal Galili**very sensibly asked if I could make**R**code available for the econometric analysis in my posts, in addition to EViews code. I’ll be trying to do this wherever I can, given the time constraints.The important point implicit in these comments is that

**R**is free, open-source, software, whereas EViews is not. I’m definitely a supporter of open-source. Here’s a suggestion that may be helpful in the meantime, especially if you aren’t feeling up to learning**R**.There’s a nice open-source package called

*that has much in common with EViews. It’s specifically econometrics-oriented, with lots of the time-series features that are part of EViews’ strength, and that are hard to match in a freindly way in a lot of other econometrics packages.***gretl**In case you’re wondering,

*is an acronym for***gretl***G*nu*egression,***R***conometrics and***E***ime-series***T***ibrary.***L**The really good news is that is is very simple to open foreign data files in

Right now, there seem to be a few problems with opening some EViews 7 files in

From here on I’ll try and supply data in EViews.wf1, Excel, R, and STAT.dta files to maximize accessibility.

*,***gretl****including EViews workfiles, SAS, STATA, and SPSS files. This might help some readers of this blog who don’t have access to EViews.**Right now, there seem to be a few problems with opening some EViews 7 files in

*earlier versions of EViews are fine. Allin Cottrell is kindly checking this out, and I’ll keep you posted on this point.***gretl**–From here on I’ll try and supply data in EViews.wf1, Excel, R, and STAT.dta files to maximize accessibility.

I’m only just starting to play around with

**, but it looks just great!***gretl*(HT to Martina Lui – long overdue!)

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