This class is an in-depth study of the tools economists use to collect, manage and analyze large datasets. Students will learn to use advanced data management functions in Stata, R, and other software packages. We will cover various techniques used to “scrape” and save data from online sources. The course will introduce a number of methods used to access and analyze data sources regardless of format (.txt, .csv, .xls, .accdb, .pdf, .html etc..). Students will learn how to write custom functions in Stata ado files and VBA applications in Microsoft Office.