GRA 6612 Applied Microeconomics


GRA 6612 Applied Microeconomics

Responsible for the course
Christian Brinch

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

PREREQUISITES: GRA 6626 Topics in Microeconomics or equivalent and GRA 6039 Multivariate Statistics with Economitrics or equivalent.

The course teaches modern design based approaches to empirical analysis that are
prevalent in applied empirical microeconomics. The emphasis is on how we think about
designing empirical strategies for and on what is considered sound empirical evidence in
applied microeconomics. The course further teaches topics in applied microeconomics with
a strong leaning towards labor economics. The labor market is probably the most important
market in the economy, and a thorough understanding of the labor market is key for
understanding the workings of the economy in general and the effects of public policy
targeted to the labor market in particular, such as education policies, income taxation and
benefits for the sick and the elderly. This course teaches the main themes of labor

Learning outcome
After taking this course, students should
know the core theoretical analysis of key questions in labor economics,
know how to assess such questions using design based econometric approaches,
know core empirical results from applied labor economics.

GRA 6039 Multivariate Statistics with Econometrics or equivalent
GRA 6626 Topics in Microeconomics or equivalent

All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.

Compulsory reading
Angrist and Pischke. 2015. Mastering metrics: the path from cause to effect. Selected parts
Borjas, G. J. 2013. Labor Economics. 6th. Selected parts
Lazear, E. 1995. Personell economics. Selected parts

During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant
for the course and the examination. ln particular, the course will cover a number of journal
articles that will be studied as cases of empirical analysis during the course.

Recommended reading

Course outline
- Empirical strategies in applied microeconomics
- Labor supply
- Economics of education and training
- Discrimination in the labor market
- lncentives and personell economics

Computer-based tools
Not applicable

Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student's own
responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course
homepage/lt's learning or text book.

The course grade will be based on the following activities and weights :
20 % - group project/presentation with 4-6 students in each group
80 % - 3-hour written final examination

Form of assessment Weight Group size
Presentation 20%
Written examination 3 hours 80% Individual

Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment. This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded using points on a scale from 0-100. The final grade for the course is based on the aggregated mark of the course components. Each component is weighted as detailed in the course description. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the points system and the mapping scale in the student portal @bi. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.

Examination code(s)
GRA 66121 continuous assessment accounts for 100 % of the final grade in GRA 6612.

Examination support materials
BI approved exam calculator
Bilingual dictionary
Peter Berck og Knut Sydsæter. 1993. Economists' Mathematical Manual. 2nd ed. Berlin: Springer Verlag

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Re-sit examination
It is only possible to retake an examination when the course is next taught. The assessment in some courses is based on more than one exam code. Where this is the case, you may retake only the assessed components of one of these exam codes. All retaken examinations will incur an additional fee. Please note that you need to retake the latest version of the course with updated course literature and assessment. Please make sure that you have familiarised yourself with the latest course description.

Additional information
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