Module

Topics in Empirical Economics II

Module description

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
Module code:BEEM149
Module level:M
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Miss Ipek Mumcu - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:

7.5

Pre-requisites:

Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 2:

11

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 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 ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
331170

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching33 Lectures (3 per week)
Guided Independent Study117Reading, research, reflection; preparation for lectures; completion of assignments

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
AssignmentsVaries1-6Oral/Written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
45055

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Replicating a study with an in-class presentation55Approx. 10 pages A41-6Verbal and written feedback
3 Assignments451 Paper discussion each 2-3 pages A41-6Verbal and written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Replicating a study with an in-class presentation (55%)Examination (3 hours, 55%)1-6Referral/Deferral period
3 Assignments (1 Paper discussion each) (45%)Paper discussion. 2-3 pages A4 (45%)1-6Referral/Deferral Period

Syllabus plan

  • Introduction to Field Experiments
  • Randomization
  • Measurement, Sampling and Sample Size
  • Analysis
  • Threat to Analysis
  • Introduction to Quasi-Experimental Methods
  • Instrumental Variables
  • Regression Discontinuity
  • Difference-in-Differences

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

 

Gerber, Alan S., and Donald P. Green. 2012. Field Experiments: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation. New York: W.W. Norton.

Rachel Glennerster & Kudzai Takavarasha, 2013. "Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide," Economics Books, Princeton University Press.

Joshua D. Angrist & Jörn-Steffen Pischke, 2009. "Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist's Companion," Economics Books, Princeton University Press

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Origin date

24/06/2019

Last revision date

09/03/2021