Topics in Empirical Economics I
This is a graduate course in empirical economics. The course will cover topics in labour, public, and health economics focusing on both seminal contributions and recent advances.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Topics in Empirical Economics I|
Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 1: |
The module has two main aims: first, to equip students with the toolkit necessary to critically assess research on applied econometric questions; second, to inspire students to answer their own research questions using different types of econometric techniques.
ILO: Module-specific skills
- 1. address complex questions at the frontier labour, public and health economics research.
- 2. make sound judgements and communicate their conclusions to specialists and non-specialists.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving questions in labour, public, and health economics.
- 4. advance their knowledge and understanding, and to develop new skills to a high level.
ILO: Personal and key skills
- 5. identify, tackle and solve relevant research problems in labour, public, and health economics
- 6. work independently and responsibly on complex research problems.
Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities||Guided independent study||Placement / study abroad|
Details of learning activities and teaching methods
|Category||Hours of study time||Description|
|Scheduled Learning and Teaching||33 (3 per week)||Lectures|
|Independent Study||117 hours||Independent study|
|Form of assessment||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
Summative assessment (% of credit)
|Coursework||Written exams||Practical exams|
Details of summative assessment
|Form of assessment||% of credit||Size of the assessment (eg length / duration)||ILOs assessed||Feedback method|
|3 Problem Sets||45||1-4 Problems each||1-6||Oral/Written|
Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)
|Original form of assessment||Form of re-assessment||ILOs re-assessed||Timescale for re-assessment|
|Examination||Examination 55% (3 hours)||1-6||August Examination Period|
|Problem Sets||Problem set 45% (1-8 problems)||1-6||August Examination Period|
i. Labour supply and demand
ii. Intergenerational transmission of human capital
iii. The demand for health
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
-Cahuc, P., S. Carcillo and A. Zylberberg (2014) Labor Economics, MIT Press.
-Black, S. and P. Devereux (2011) "Recent Developments in Intergenerational Mobility" in Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol 4, Part B (Eds: D. Card and O. Ashenfelter)
-Currie, J. and D. Almond (2011) "Human capital development before age five" in Handbook of Labor Economics, Vol 4, Part B (Eds: D. Card and O. Ashenfelter)
-Grossman, M. (2000) "The Human Capital Model" in Handbook of Health Economics, Vol 1, Part A (Eds: A. Culyer and J. Newhouse).
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