Progress! …And More Delays

In the days since my last blog post we have come far with our analysis. Reaching new findings can be difficult, especially since running statistical analysis is not a straightforward process here. As I’ve said in the past, Peru is about being ready for surprises and creative solutions. The largest hurdle for performing statistical analysis here is being able to access software since the licensing fees are extortionate, especially for a nonprofit. So on this occasion I used skills from my computer science minor to get around this hurdle. Because the process is a little boring and technical, I’ll leave it at this: I found a way to upload my excel files to my W&M account and then access a W&M desktop through the web to use Stata. Basically that’s the main reason I maintain that the Internet is a form of witchcraft.

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Andean Economic Development: A Journey

I’m Nate Marshall, a junior here at W&M. For ten weeks from May to August 2015 I will be working as an unpaid intern for Awamaki, a nonprofit in Ollantaytambo, Cuzco, Peru, a rural town in the Sacred Valley. During my time there I will be applying skills I have learned in my computer science courses to help provide necessary information systems upgrades. However, I would like to go further than that. As an economics major with a particular interest in development, I want to incorporate an economic research project into my experience. That journey begins here.

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