DRE 7006 Panel Data/ Microeconometrics


DRE 7006 Panel Data/ Microeconometrics

Responsible for the course
Jon H Fiva

Department of Economics

According to study plan

ECTS Credits

Language of instruction

This is an advanced econometric course on specification, estimation, and inference based on microeconometric data. The course covers regression analysis with panel data and other techniques useful for making causal inference with non-experimental data. The course will also cover nonlinear models and self-selection problems.

Learning outcome
After having completed this course, students should be able to critically discuss different strategies in the context of models that include individual (firm, person, etc.) effects. They should be familiar with econometric modeling of discrete phenomena and of the modeling of censored and truncated variables. They should further be familiar with microeconometric methods useful for policy analysis using non-experimental data. Students should be able to implement these methods using statistical software (Stata).

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Compulsory reading
Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. 2010. Econometric analysis of cross section and panel data. 2nd ed. MIT Press

During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination

Recommended reading
Cameron, Adrian Colin, Pravin K. Trivedi. 2005. Microeconometrics : methods and applications. Cambridge University Press
Cameron, Adrian Colin, Pravin K. Trivedi. 2010. Microeconometrics using Stata. Rev. ed. Stata Press

Course outline
1.Panel data
Fixed effects model
Random effects model
Dynamic models
Difference-in-difference estimator

2.Limited dependent variables
Binary response models
Censored data, sample selection and attrition

3.Estimating average treatment effects
Matching methods
Instrumental variable methods
Regression discontinuity design

Computer-based tools

Learning process and workload
Students are required to participate in class – both in discussions and by presenting models/material from the reading lists – as well as solve and hand in solutions to exercises and problems.

Workload (6 ECTS)
Lectures 30 hours
Specified learning activities (including reading) 75 hours
Autonomous student learning (including exam preparation) 75 hours
Total 180 hours

The final grade is pass/fail. 30 hours individual home exam.
Examination code(s)
DRE 70061 home exam accounts for 100 % of the grade.

Examination support materials

Re-sit examination
Re-takes are only possible at the next time a course will be held. When the course evaluation has a separate exam code for each part of the evaluation it is possible to retake parts of the evaluation. Otherwise, the whole course must be re-evaluated when a student wants to retake an exam.

Additional information
Honour Code
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