- Class Number 8367
- Term Code 3060
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Prof Fedor Iskhakov
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 27/07/2020
- Class End Date 30/10/2020
- Census Date 31/08/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 03/08/2020
This course will teach the basics of programming and computational skills for economic analysis and enable the students to take numerical approach to familiar mathematical problems. Students will learn to graphically represent familiar ideas such as supply and demand curves, equilibrium prices and consumer choice. They will explore how these choices and equilibria change with shifts in policy instruments, preferences and technologies. In the process they will learn to use common computational solution methods, such as root finding and optimization. Students will also learn how to obtain, manipulate and represent data, using tools such as scatterplots and histograms.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Basic programming skills (conditions, loops, flow control, iteration, etc.)
- Ability to implement familiar mathematical methods on a computer
- Reinforcement of key ideas from economic analysis
- Algorithm and data manipulation and visualization of economic data
Lectures and practical exercises cover the work recently published in the leading international economics journals.
Additional Course Costs
Examination Material or equipment
Open book exam, personal computers and any other resources are allowed in the exam.
Kevin Sheppard "Introduction to Python for Econometrics, Statistics and Data Analysis." 3rd Edition University of Oxford Thursday 1st February, 2018 (downloadable at https://www.kevinsheppard.com/Python_for_Econometrics)
Thomas Sargent and John Stachurski "Lectures in Quantitative Economics" (online resource)
Jérôme Adda and Russell Cooper "Dynamic Economics. Quantitative Methods and Applications." MIT Press, 2003 (available at Chifley library on 2-hour reserve)
Information of the online availability of the final resource is being sought. Details will be available shortly.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction, Binary numbers||Weekly assignment|
|2||Python basics, object oriented programming||Weekly assignment|
|3||Algorithms and complexity||Weekly assignment|
|4||Data manipulation and visualization||Weekly assignment|
|5||Linear algebra and linear programming||Weekly assignment|
|6||Dynamic programming in discrete world||Midterm project|
|7||Function approximation and interpolation||Weekly assignment|
|8||Dynamic programming with continuous choice||Weekly assignment|
|9||Stochastic models, quadrature and integration||Weekly assignment|
|10||Random numbers and simulations, Monte Carlo||Weekly assignment|
|11||Equilibrium models||Weekly assignment|
|12||Structural estimation||Weekly assignment|
Tutorials will be delivered remotely, more details will be available on Wattle site in O-week.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly assignments (zero value in final grade)||0 %||27/07/2020||30/10/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Midterm assignment||40 %||21/09/2020||05/10/2020||1,2,4|
|Final exam||60 %||09/11/2020||23/11/2020||1,2,3,4|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
The course will be delivered remotely through screen recordings and live Q&A sessions.
Open book exam on computers, 3 hours. Further information will be given at least 2 weeks prior to examination week.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Weekly assignments (zero value in final grade)
Small exercises in the end of each lecture to give you an opportunity to try implementation of the material from the lecture. Intended to be solved individually or in groups during the week and submitted online (via the GitHub platform) before the next week's tutorials. Will be discussed during the Q&A session in the following week, and serve as building blocks in the larger applications. Students who choose to turn in the weekly assignments within 7 days will receive feedback on their work during the following week. More details will be given in week 1 of lectures.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
The midterm assignment involves coding tasks to implement simple economic models, and are to be performed in groups of 2-3 people (via zoom). Groups will be formed by the convener in week 2-3 and posted on Wattle. The assignments will be graded for correct implementation of the economic model, but also for code style and proper use of version control tools. Several models will be offered for implementation, each accompanied with a set of tasks to perform. All models will be assigned to groups on the first come first served (FIFO) basis before any model can be assigned another time. Groups will claim the models by email two weeks prior to due date. Ten percent (10%) of the individual grades will be based on the feedback from within the group on the contribution of each group member. More details will be given no later than week 4 of lectures.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
3 hours open book exam on your personal computer. The final exam will contain several short answer questions (knowing the facts), several middle size questions (find a bug in the code) and several small individual coding tasks (write your code). The final exam will cover material presented throughout the semester and will be held during the University examination period. Internet access during the exam is permitted. More details will be given no later than week 8 of lectures.
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Dynamic structural econometrics
Prof Fedor Iskhakov