Hello and welcome back to my blog. Hope you guys missed me! After finally fixing all the technical issues I had, everything is going much more smoothly, but also slowly. STATA is a hard program to learn and especially for someone who does not have a lot of background in the computer science field (AKA me). While struggling through this, I also continued to progress with my research.
My advisor, Mr. Feng, introduced me to an organization called Opportunity Insight (https://opportunityinsights.org/), which “is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization located at Harvard University that seeks to translate insights from rigorous, scientific research to policy change by harnessing the power of ‘big data’ using an interdisciplinary approach.” The organization created an economic tracker (https://tracktherecovery.org/) to see the effects of COVID on different aspects of the economy through different lenses, and I found that very helpful for my research. If you are also interested in this subject area I would recommend checking it out!
Outside of the independent work, I also attended a webinar that walked us through how to access and use the research server of the Bureau hosted by my internship site. There are many other webinars that cover a wide range of topics from database training to the impacts of COVID-19 on markets. I hope I can attend more of them in the future and utilize these to my advantage.
Hopefully, I can bring some more interesting findings in the next week or two so stick around!