Topics in Empirical Economics II

Module description

This is a graduate course in applied econometrics. The course will cover topics in behavioral, development and family 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:2020/1
Module lecturers:
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Only available to MRes Economics PhD pathway students



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


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 behavioral, development and family 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 on behavioral, development and family 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 behavioral, development and family 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 study117Independent 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% (1-4 problems)1-6August examination period

Syllabus plan

i. Behavioral economics

ii. Field experiments in development economics

iii. Matching models of the marriage market

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

-Browning, M., Chiappori, P.A, Weiss, Y. (2014) Economics of the Family, Cambridge University
-de Janvry, A. and E. Sadoulet (2015) Development Economics: Theory and Practice, Routledge.
-Greenwood, J. (2019) Evolving Households.The Imprint of Technology on Life. MIT Press.
-Handbook of Behavioral Economics - Foundations and Applications 1, Volume 1, 2018: Edited by B.
Douglas Bernheim Stefano DellaVigna David Laibson.

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