LaTeX is useful for formatting mathematical manuscripts not for other purposes.
I am a freshman in college, but I am already thinking about an econ phd. I have read that for modelling there are some computer programming skills required, such as MATLAB. Are there any uses for programming other than modelling as a graduate student in economics? In what specific fields? Should I start studying MATLAB or Latex? What other languages should I pick up? Thanks in advance.
i think LaTeX is useful to type up notes, lecture notes (when you're a TA), and your dissertation. i'm not saying this is a requirement, but LaTeX produces beautiful documents that contain math symbols etc.
As for programming, I *think* some object-oriented programming languages like C++ would be sufficient. I know C++, and STATA, SAS, R, S-PLUS (programs I assume are primarily used) are a breeze to learn.
I would recommend taking some sort of programming course that teaches you the fundamentals -- don't be so concerned about learning one particular language or statistical package. You'll have to learn to use different packages again and again throughout your life. If you ever work as a research assistant (and I would recommend this as the best way to develop programming skills), you'll probably be stuck using whatever your boss or the previous RAs have been using.
My Stats professor required us to type up all our homework, so I learned LaTeX - which is very easy to pick up if you've studied any programming at all. LaTeX is awesome for typing up math work. A friend of mine takes her computer to math classes to type notes into LaTeX, but I'm not quite at that speed yet.
I would recommend you take some relatively easy computer class in C++ or Java that fits in your schedule. Once you've learned one language, you can pick up most others relatively easily.
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