Topics in Empirical Economics II
This is a graduate course in applied econometrics. The course will cover topics in behavioural, development and education economics focusing on both seminal contributions and recent advances.
Full module specification
|Module title:||Topics in Empirical Economics II|
Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students
|Duration of module:||
Duration (weeks) - term 2: |
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 of behavioural, development and education economics research;
- 2. make sound judgments and communicate their conclusions to specialists and non-specialists.
ILO: Discipline-specific skills
- 3. demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving questions on behavioural, development and education economics;
- 4. continue to 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 behavioural, development and education 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||Lectures (3 per week)|
|Guided Independent Study||117||Reading, research, reflection; preparation for lectures; completion of assignments|
|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|
|Replicating a study with an in-class presentation||55||Approx. 10 pages A4||1-6||Verbal and written feedback|
|3 Assignments||45||1 Paper discussion each 2-3 pages A4||1-6||Verbal and written feedback|
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|
|Replicating a study with an in-class presentation (55%)||Examination (3 hours, 55%)||1-6||Referral/Deferral period|
|3 Assignments (1 Paper discussion each) (45%)||Paper discussion. 2-3 pages A4 (45%)||1-6||Referral/Deferral Period|
- Introduction to Field Experiments
- Measurement, Sampling and Sample Size
- Threat to Analysis
- Introduction to Quasi-Experimental Methods
- Instrumental Variables
- Regression Discontinuity
Indicative learning resources - Basic reading
Gerber, Alan S., and Donald P. Green. 2012. Field Experiments: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation. New York: W.W. Norton.
Joshua D. Angrist & Jörn-Steffen Pischke, 2009. "Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion," Economics Books, Princeton University Press
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