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- Year 2
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- Full Year
This course introduces statistical inference and leads to competence in multivariate econometric techniques. It covers the problems of regression analysis and the treatment of categorical variables, which typically feature in the analysis of data from developing countries. Illustrations of the concepts covered in the course are taken from developing country experience.
This course is a prerequisite for Applied Econometric Techniques. It is a core course for BSc Economics students.
Objectives and learning outcomes of the course
The aim of this course is to equip the students with the necessary skills, including both the acquisition of habits of thought and knowledge of the techniques of modern econometrics, required for applied research in development economics.
The Course objectives are: (a) to deepen and broaden the students' knowledge and understanding of material needed for empirical quantitative analysis of micro and macro data relevant to development issues, building on the material covered in the second year intermediate econometrics course; (b) to cover the theory and practice of modern econometrics at a level appropriate for an economics graduates, emphasizing application; (c) to teach the students the habits of thought, knowledge and understanding to be able to carry out good quality applied econometric research with confidence; (d) to develop the critical insight to appraise econometric results obtained by other researchers. The course is application oriented. Accordingly, the emphasis will be on application of techniques for policy analysis and will not be overly concerned with mathematical proofs. The course also aims to provide students with the ability to use STATA in an effective manner.
By the end of the course the students will have developed the necessary skills needed for empirical research using modern econometrics techniques in addressing development issues; Through their computer based assignments they will be also trained in conducting research using primary data; The students will also deepen their other transferable skills such as, written communication, teamwork, numeracy; computer literacy, problem solving, and analytical skills.
Method of assessment
Please note: BSc Economics students who fail Econometrics will be obliged to either swap to BSc Development Economics or take a leave of absence and re-take the exam the following year.
Dougherty, C. Introduction to Econometrics, 3rd Edition, Oxford University Press, 2007
Wooldridge, J. Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 4th Edition, Thomson/South-Western, 2008