Topics in Empirical Economics I

Module description

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
Module code:BEEM146
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
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Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students



Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching33 (3 per week)Lectures
Independent Study117 hoursIndependent study

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Practice ProblemsVaries1-6Oral/Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Exam553 hours1-6Oral/Written
3 Problem Sets451-4 Problems each1-6Oral/Written

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination 55% (3 hours)1-6August Examination Period
Problem SetsProblem set 45% (1-8 problems)1-6August Examination Period

Syllabus plan

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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