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Eric Sowey

Eric Sowey - Australian School of Business  


MSc, London School of Economics, London University


BEc (Honours), University of Sydney

Visiting Associate Professor (Associate Professor until 2005)


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Eric Sowey, who retired in May 2005 from his position as Associate Professor in the School, has subsequently taken up a Visiting Associate Professorship in the School. He has almost forty years experience in teaching quantitative economics and statistics courses at every level, and encourages students of economics to take a broad view of the richness of their discipline. His research areas include econometric modelling and the methodological evaluation of econometric techniques.


His concern for maintaining high standards in university education led him to an active involvement over many years in local, national and international activities to enhance the quality of teaching and learning. A number of these activities are ongoing. He has a particular focus on statistics education, and is currently an Associate Editor of the Journal of Statistics Education, and online journal of the American Statistical Association. He holds a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.


  • 'Teaching statistics: making it memorable.' Journal of Statistics Education, vol. 3, no. 2, 1995
  • 'How to measure goodness of fit in a simultaneous equation model.' (with N.C. Kakwani) Journal of Quantitative Economics, vol. 12, 1996, pp. 27-41. 'A new test for over identification.' (with N.C. Kakwani) Journal of Quantitative Economics, vol. 13, 1997, pp. 1-10
  • 'Statistical vistas: perspectives on purpose and structure.' Journal of Statistics Education, vol. 6, no 2, 1998
  • 'Statistics teaching and the textbook – an uneasy alliance.' In L. Pereira-Mendoza (ed), Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Teaching Statistics, International Statistical Institute, 1998, vol. 1, pp. 151-157. 'Striking demonstrations in teaching statistics.' Journal of Statistics Education, vol. 9, no. 1, 2001
  • 'The value of econometrics to economists in business and government: a study of the state of the discipline.' Journal of Applied Mathematics and Decision Sciences, vol. 6, 2002, pp. 101-127
  • 'The getting of wisdom: educating statisticians to enhance their clients' numeracy.' The American Statistician, vol. 57, 2003, pp. 89-93
  • 'From a logical point of view: an illuminating perspective in teaching statistical inference.' International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, vol. 36, 2005, pp. 801-811
  • 'Letting students understand why statistics is worth studying.' In A. Rossman and B. Chance (eds), Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Teaching Statistics, International Statistical Institute, 2006, CD-Rom, ISBN 978-90-73592-24-7
  • 'Enriching statistics courses with statistical diversions' (with P. Petocz). In C. Reading (ed), Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Teaching Statistics, International Statistical Institute, 2010, CD-Rom, ISBN: 978-90-77713-54-9

Research interests

  • Econometrics
  • Statistics education

Research grants

 Courses taught

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