SOAS University of London

Department of Economics


Module Code:
FHEQ Level:
Year of study:
Year 1 or Year 2
Taught in:
Term 2

This is the one of two 15 credit modules to offer a survey of statistical techniques for economists and an introduction to working with economic data. 

Objectives and learning outcomes of the module

Upon successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Apply basic methods of statistical inference
  • Use population parameters and sample estimators, and explain the sampling distribution of an estimator
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to use normal distribution, chi-square, t and F distributions
  • Demonstrate understanding of and ability to use point and interval estimation and hypothesis testing
  • Explain the method of ordinary least squares (OLS) and use it to estimate regression coefficients
  • Interpret and critically evaluate econometric results
  • Explain the assumptions of the classical linear regression model

Method of assessment

  • 70% Exam
  • 30% Coursework (Online Test)

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