• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject International and Developmental Economics
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Anthony Swan
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Summer Session 2015
    Winter Session 2015
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The aim of this course is to prepare students for the Econometric Techniques subject (IDEC8017) and other econometric related study or research in the IDEC Master of International and Development Economics Program. The course is designed to provide fundamental knowledge in probability theory, statistics and econometric techniques. There will also be two computer sessions on using the STATA software package. As a preparatory course, the class environment will be structured to help students become familiar with the ANU teaching environment, resources available to students, and requirements of formal coursework. In-class exercises are an important component of teaching in the course. Student participation in discussion of issues in econometrics and statistics, and study at ANU more broadly, is also highly encouraged.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Have fundamental knowledge of probability theory and statistics required for studying econometrics.
2. Construct, test, and analyse simple econometric models, using variables and relationships commonly found in studies of economic theory.
3. Collect, organize, and analyze economic data, and interpret results from statistical analyses.
4. Identify the desirable properties of estimators.
5. Identify key classical assumptions in the field of econometrics, explain their significance, and describe the effects that violations of the classical assumptions can have.
6. Use the least squares method in evaluating the relationship of one explanatory variable to the dependent variable and the relationships of multiple explanatory variables to the dependent variable.
7. Interpret key statistics and diagnostics generated by the STATA software.
8. Have basic knowledge of the maximum likelihood estimation method and the binary dependent variable models.

Indicative Assessment

A range of formative and summative assessment tasks will be used to aid student learning. Feedback will be provided on all tasks. Completion of all tasks is required.

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Approximately 30 hours class, with an equivalent number of hours in self study

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Crawford School of Public Policy to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Wooldridge, J.M. (2013). Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 5th edn, Cengage Learning.
Lecture notes, tutorial questions, class exercises and other necessary materials will be available either through Wattle or in class.


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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1693 01 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 23 Jan 2015 31 Mar 2015 In Person N/A

Winter Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1773 11 Jun 2015 19 Jun 2015 10 Jul 2015 17 Jul 2015 In Person N/A

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