• Class Number 3717
  • Term Code 3130
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Tue Gorgens
    • Dr Tue Gorgens
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 22/02/2021
  • Class End Date 28/05/2021
  • Census Date 31/03/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
SELT Survey Results

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. 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);
  2. 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

For the final examination, you may need a calculator but access to Stata will not be necessary.

Required Resources

Essential textbooks:

•   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. Hardcopy and ebook available from the ANU library.

•   Angrist and Pischke (2014). Mastering 'Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect. Princeton University Press. Expect to cover chapters 1-3 and 5. Hardcopy available from the ANU library.

Additional readings from other sources may be assigned later, see Wattle for details.

Computers and essential software:

A large part of the course is practical hands-on data analysis using computers and the Stata software. On-campus students can access Stata in the ANU's computer labs. Off-campus students will need to arrange access to a desktop or laptop computer in order to use Stata in the ANU's virtual computer lab. Alternatively, Stata sells time-limited licences which students can purchase and install on their own computers.

Students who cannot arrange access to a suitable computer should contact the course convenor as soon as possible.

Other nonessential but useful textbooks:

•   Wooldridge (2013/2015/2016/2020). Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach. 7th edition. Cengage Learning. (Not to be confused with the Asia-Pacific edition!) Hardcopy and ebook available from the ANU library.

Staff Feedback

The quizzes and assignments are expected to be returned with written comments within two weeks after submission.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Two-sample comparison analysis (RCTs). Probability theory and mathematical statistics.
2 Two-sample comparison analysis (RCTs). Probability theory and mathematical statistics.
3 Two-sample comparison analysis (RCTs). Probability theory and mathematical statistics. Stata quiz #1.
4 Bivariate regression.
5 Multiple regression. Stata quiz #2.
6 Multiple regression.
7 Multiple regression.
8 Multiple regression. Assignment #1.
9 Special topic eg difference in differences methods.
10 Special topic eg instrumental variable methods. Assignment #2.
11 Special topic eg maximum likelihood methods and binary regressands.
12 Special topic eg time series methods. (Final exam.)

Tutorial Registration

The tutorials begin in week 1.

Tutorials this semester will be delivered both remotely (via Zoom) and on-campus. You are expected to attend one tutorial each week from week 1 onwards. You must enrol in a tutorial using the Wattle site for this course, and attend the tutorial in which you are enrolled. A selection of tutorials will be open for enrolment prior to the beginning of the semester, and the remaining tutorials will be open in week 1 of the semester. When tutorials are available for enrolment, follow these steps:

1. Log on to Wattle, and go to the course site2. Click on the link “Tutorial enrolment”.

3. On the right of the screen, click on the tab “Become Member of.....” for the tutorial class you wish to enter.

4. Confirm your choice.

If you need to change your enrolment, you will be able to do so by clicking on the tab “Leave group....” and then re-enrol in another group. You will not be able to enrol in groups that have reached their maximum number. Please note that enrolment in ISIS must be finalised for you to have access to Wattle.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Learning Outcomes
Stata quizzes 10 % 1,2
Assignments 30 % 1,2
Final Exam 60 % 1,2

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. In rare cases where online submission using Turnitin software is not technically possible; or where not using Turnitin software has been justified by the Course Convener and approved by the Associate Dean (Education) on the basis of the teaching model being employed; students shall submit assessment online via ‘Wattle’ outside of Turnitin, or failing that in hard copy, or through a combination of submission methods as approved by the Associate Dean (Education). The submission method is detailed below.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks 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.


Due to travel restrictions this course will be largely delivered through online platforms. Aspects of the delivery will be asynchronous. Attendance at synchronous activities (both

online and on campus), while not compulsory, is expected in line with `Code of Practice for Teaching and Learning', clause 2 paragraph (b). Detailed information about the weekly

course delivery will be posted on Wattle.


See assessment task 3.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Stata quizzes

There will be two quizzes on the software program Stata. The quizzes are optional and redeemable.

The quizzes will conducted in the first half of the semester. The exact time will be posted on Wattle at least one week in advance.

The results will be published on Wattle within two weeks after the due date.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 30 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2


There will be two assignments. The tasks may involve analysing a given data set using Stata and discussing the results, interpreting and evaluating published findings, or providing mathematical arguments. The assignments are compulsory, except tasks involving Stata computations are optional and redeemable.

The assignment will be due in the second half of the semester. The exact time will be posted on Wattle at least one week in advance. The questions will be released at least five days in advance.

The results will be published on Wattle within two weeks after the due date.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 60 %
Learning Outcomes: 1,2

Final Exam

Written online examination held during the exam period. Duration 2-3 hours, to be determined. Further details will provided no later than week 10.

The exam questions may require short written answers, calculations, mathematical derivations, and sketching.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of the ANU culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically, committing to honest and responsible scholarly practice and upholding these values with respect and fairness.

The ANU commits to assisting all members of our community to understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to be familiar with the academic integrity principle and Academic Misconduct Rule, uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with.

The Academic Misconduct Rule is in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Very minor breaches of the academic integrity principle may result in a reduction of marks of up to 10% of the total marks available for the assessment. The ANU offers a number of online and in person services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. Visit the Academic Skills website for more information about academic integrity, your responsibilities and for assistance with your assignments, writing skills and study.

Online Submission

The ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin is used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks after the due date will be permitted (unless an extension has been granted before the due date). If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Within two weeks of due dates.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. Extensions may be granted for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

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