- Class Number 2360
- Term Code 3030
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Tue Gorgens
- Dr Tue Gorgens
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/02/2020
- Class End Date 05/06/2020
- Census Date 08/05/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 02/03/2020
This is a unit in basic econometrics, emphasising the problems involved in the empirical measurement of economic relationships and the techniques used to solve these problems. While the application of econometric techniques is of prime importance, the results are not just presented but derived using a mixture of rigour and intuition so as to leave as few loose ends as possible.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- be able to conduct a basic empirical analysis of cross sectional data (observations on characteristics of several economic units, such as firms or households, at a single point in time) or time series data (observations on characteristics of one economic unit over time);
- have sufficient background to take EMET8001 Applied Micro-Econometrics or EMET8010 Applied Macro and Financial Econometrics or EMET8002 Case Studies in Applied Econometrics in the second semester.
Examination Material or equipment
You may need access to a calculator to complete exercises required for this course. You will be provided with a calculator (HP Scientific Calculator 300s+) for the final examination.
Essential textbooks (available on reserve in the library):
• Stock and Watson (2020). Introduction to Econometrics. 4th global edition. Pearson. Expect to cover chapters 1-13, parts of 18-19, and part of 15-16 if there is time.
• Angrist and Pischke (2014). Mastering 'Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press. Expect to cover chapters 1-3 and 5.
Additional readings from other sources may be assigned later, see Wattle for details.
There will be a lot of practical data analysis in this course using Stata. Stata is available in the PC computer labs.
Other nonessential but useful textbooks (available on reserve in the library):
• Wooldridge (2013/2015/2016/2020). Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach. 7th edition. Cengage Learning. (Not to be confused with the Asia-Pacific edition!)
The two assignments are expected to be returned with written comments within two week after the submission date.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1-6: Two-sample comparison analysis, bivariate regression, multivariate regression.||Stata quiz #1.|
|2||Week 7-12: More multivariate regression, difference in differences, panel data, instrumental variables, probit/logit models, maximum likelihood estimation, and time series analysis (time permitting).||Assignment #1. Final exam.|
The tutorials begin in week 1. Please register on the Wattle course site.
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Stata quiz #1||10 %||16/03/2020||03/04/2020||1,2|
|Assignment #1||20 %||11/05/2020||31/05/2020||1,2|
|Final Exam||70 %||*||*||1,2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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See assessment task 3.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Stata quiz #1
The Stata quiz will involve performing tasks using the software program Stata in the computer lab. The quiz will be conducted during the regular tutorial time, probably in week 4. More information will be provided on Wattle a week prior to the quiz.
The results will be published within two weeks.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
The assignment will, in part, be analysis of a given data set using Stata and discussion of results. The assignment will be due in the second half of the semester, probably in week 10. The due date will be given on Wattle. The assignment questions will be available on Wattle at least one week prior to the due date.
The assignments must be submitted in two forms: an online version submitted through Wattle, and a hardcopy version submitted in the appropriate assignment box next to the RSE reception desk in the H W Arndt building 25A.
Marked assignments will be returned to you within two weeks. Nevertheless, you may wish to keep a copy.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Standard written closed-book examination held during the exam period. Duration 2-3 hours to be determined.
Please note - you will be provided with a calculator (HP Scientific Calculator 300s+) for this exam. Only calculators provided by the Examinations Office on the day of the exam are permitted in the exam room.
The exam questions may require short written answers, calculations, mathematical derivations, and sketching.
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