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Unit information: MRes Econometrics 2 in 2018/19

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Unit name MRes Econometrics 2
Unit code EFIMM0022
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Gerard van den Berg
Open unit status Not open

MRes Econometrics I



School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit aims to continue the broadening and deepening of knowledge and understanding of econometrics begun in MRes Econometrics I. The unit will focus on microeconometrics, that is, the econometric analysis of samples of heterogeneous subjects (individuals, firms, households, schools etc.). Part of the unit covers inference using non-linear models, and part deals with the econometric evaluation of treatment effects and policy effects. The objective is to provide a thorough and in-depth discussion of the relevant concepts and to introduce fundamental analytic paradigms rigorously. The non-linear models that are discussed include duration (or survival) models, binary outcome models, count data models, and models with truncation or censoring. The evaluation of treatment effects focuses on dynamic settings. We discuss effects of hazard rates, propensity score methods based on conditional independence assumptions, and difference-in-differences. We build on the knowledge of panel data models and instrumental variable estimation from MRes Econometrics I. Applications will focus on unemployment durations, effects of labour market policy, training and longevity.

Intended learning outcomes

1. The unit aims to build in students the ability to know, understand, and evaluate the various econometric tools and to apply them when undertaking novel research. Different methods invariably rely on different sets of assumptions, and after following the unit the student should be able to assess the plausibility of such assumptions before applying a method.

2. Moreover, the student must be able to grasp the intuition behind the workings of particular econometric methods, in order to assess their appeal and/or limitations and to develop ideas for methodological improvements.

3. The students should obtain sufficient foundational understanding of the topics to be able to access the corresponding journal articles first-hand and to evaluate them critically.

4. They should be able to start independent research projects with microeconometric data that require the methods taught, at basic levels.

5. Students will also learn the application of statistical software to these tools.

Teaching details

There are two lectures and one exercise class per week. Coursework will consist of weekly exercises which will be used for course assessment.

Lectures will introduce and explain the different concepts and methods as well as their application and limitation whereas exercise classes will provide the opportunity to practice the selection and use of these methods as well as the application, scope and limitation of statistical software.

Contact Hours Per Week 3

Student Input

20 hours lectures

10 hours tutorials

15 hours preparation of weekly exercises for assessment

3 hours final exam

102 hours individual study

Assessment Details

Summative assessment: three-hour written exam (85%) (this tests ILOs 1,2,4), up to three sets of exercises (15%) (this tests ILOs 1,2,3,4,5). The exam will test the knowledge, selection, application and evaluation of tools and methods, whereas the exercises will incentivize the students to learn to use, apply and evaluate these methods and the corresponding computational software while getting feedback on their progress.

Formative assessment: class participation and discussion in tutorials. These will provide further opportunities for feedback on the students’ progress.

Reading and References

Wooldridge J.M. (2010), Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data, (Fifth Ed.), MIT Press

Van den Berg, G.J. (2001), Duration models: specification, identification, and multiple durations, in: J.J. Heckman and E. Leamer, eds. Handbook of Econometrics, Volume V, North-Holland

Cameron, A.C. and P.K. Trivedi (2005), Microeconometrics, Methods and Applications, Cambridge University Press

Lancaster, T. (1990), Econometric Duration Analysis, Cambridge University Press

Greene, W. (2012), Econometric Analysis, (Seventh Ed.), Prentice Hall