13 researchers coming from 8 African countries attended a training session from July 27 to 31, 2015 at IFPRI Dakar. This training, initiated by AGRODEP, focused on: "applied non parametric economy" and was provided by Mr. Christopher F. Parmeter from Miami University.
This course will expose students to the current practice of applied nonparametric methods. These methods are designed to overcome misspecification issues that dominate applied economic research. Using nonparametric methods can shed light on new issues that were previously hidden due to ad hoc model specifications imposed in the analysis. This class will provide hands on instruction to students in state-of-the-art nonparametric methods designed specifically to assist students with empirical issues that arise in the application of these techniques. The basic concepts of smoothing will be covered, complemented with numerous examples and illustrations through the open source software R. This combination of class instruction and computer tutorials will assist students in developing a sound foundation to apply nonparametric methods in their own research agendas.