• Offered by Research School of Economics
  • ANU College ANU College of Business and Economics
  • Course subject Economics
  • Areas of interest Economics

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Indicative Assessment

Individual test-assignment with feedback (by week 4)
Midterm exam (40%)
Final exam (60%)

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2h lecture + 1h tutorial in computer lab

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have previously completed ECON2125 or equivalent. Incompatible with ECON4414 and ECON8014

Prescribed Texts

Jérôme Adda, Russell W. Cooper “Dynamic Economics: Quantitative Methods and
Applications”, MIT Press, 2003

Preliminary Reading

Edward R. Tufte. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Graphics Press, 2001.

R K Sundaram. A First Course in Optimization Theory. Cambridge University Press,
Kevin Sheppard. Introduction to Python for Econometrics, Statistics and Data Analysis.
KevinSheppard.com (August 05, 2014).
Quantitative Economics online resource

Assumed Knowledge

General knowledge of math and basic economics.



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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4680
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7845 21 Jul 2025 28 Jul 2025 31 Aug 2025 24 Oct 2025 In Person N/A

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