- Class Number 4540
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic Online
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Dr Yixiao Zhou
- Dr Yixiao Zhou
- 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
In this course, students will produce a substantial and original piece of research work. This work will be structured with the goal of generating new knowledge while simultaneously aiding students in their ability to conduct and analyse research. The course will be built around recent empirical examples from applied econometrics. These examples will be used as case studies to increase students’ understanding of econometric technique and research practice. Building from these case studies, students will work in small research groups to first replicate and, more importantly, extend these case studies in novel ways.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Critically analysed a series of case studies in applied economics.
- Learned the strengths and weaknesses of various research methodologies in applied economics.
- Conducted original research and analysis on a case study.
- Written a well-structured paper on the case study, in the style suitable for an academic journal.
- Developed practical research skills in applied economics.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
1) Critically analysed a series of case studies in applied economics.
2) Learned the strengths and weaknesses of various research methodologies in applied economics.
3) Conducted original research and analysis on a case study.
4) Written a well-structured paper on the case study, in the style suitable for an academic journal.
5) Developed practical research skills in applied economics.
Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach
Author: Jeffrey Wooldridge
Publisher: South-Western/Cengage Learning
Availability: Coop book store
Mastering Metrics: The Path from Cause to Effect
Author: Joshua D. Angrist and Jorn-Steffen Pischke
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Availability: Coop book store
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||Lecture 1 and case study selection||None|
|2||Lecture 2 and case study selection||None|
|3||Lecture 3 and case study selection||Monday (8th Mar) is Canberra Day. Lecture will be changed to another day in the week. To be discussed with students in the class|
|4||Lecture 4 and case study selection||None|
|7||Assessment 1||Online quiz|
|8||Presentation 1||Presentation on the initial plan of the research project|
|9||Discussion and feedback on research project||None|
|10||Presentation 2||Presentation on the intermediate progress of the research project|
|11||Discussion and feedback on research project||None|
|12||Presentation 3||Presentation on the findings of the research project. Final paper due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Research paper||40 %||28/05/2021||01/07/2021||1,3,4,5|
|Three in-class research presentations||30 %||26/04/2021||28/05/2021||1,2,5|
|Online quiz||30 %||06/04/2021||13/04/2021||1,2,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Assessment RequirementsThe 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 Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.
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.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1,3,4,5
Students will work in small groups or individually to choose a case study, replicate it, and to produce a research paper which is a novel extension of the case study. The extension may involve using different time periods of data, data from other countries, examination of an additional research question using the same data, robust/fragility testing of results or some other research as agreed with the course convenor.
The research paper will be written in a journal article style of 15-25 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font, 2.5 cm margins). It will be judged in the same way that a journal article is judged: scientific merit, replicability, clarity of expression, quality of writing, appropriate referencing and use of source material, appropriateness of technique relative to the research question, and thoroughness of presentation of research findings.
Research papers will be submitted and marked electronically. Students will be given access to the marked paper with comments from the course convenor.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
Three in-class research presentations
Three in-class presentations will be given by each research group. These presentations will cover (1) research question and literature review; (2) details of the data to be used for the case study and economic model, econometric techniques and the appropriateness of the match of the two; (3) final presentation of research findings. Verbal feedback will given by the course convenor on the day of the presentation. Each research presentation is worth 10 per cent.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,5
One online quiz will be arranged to assess understanding of econometric techniques discussed in the lectures.
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Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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International economics, economic development and growth, economics of innovation
Dr Yixiao Zhou