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Course module: 310153-M-3
Methods: Econometrics 1
Course info
Course module310153-M-3
Credits (ECTS)3
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Economics; Economics;
Is part of
M Economics
dr. B.A. Vollaard
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
Course mode
RemarksCaution: this information is subject to change
Registration openfrom 25/08/2020 up to and including 20/08/2021

Description of the course

This is a course in research design. A research design is the qualitative story that is going to give you a causal interpretation of the results of your quantitative analysis. We focus on evaluation of public policy / business strategy. We assume that you have an understanding of basic econometrics; successful completion of an introductory course in econometrics is required.

During the course, after introducing the fundamental problem of causal inference - and causal diagrams as a tool to visualize identification problems - we discuss four commonly used research designs: randomized trial, regression discontinuity, difference-in-difference, instrumental variable.

The course should help you to conduct meaningful and creative empirical work by yourself, by learning to recognize research designs in the day to day world. In addition, this course should help you to assess the quality of empirical work from others.

For the exercises, we will work with R and RStudio.

Recommended Prerequisites

Introductory course in econometrics and familiarity with the linear regression model, based on a textbook like the 'baby Wooldridge' or Stock and Watson.

Type of instructions

Interactive lectures and computer labs (5 weeks in total)

Type of exams

Final exam, weekly quizzes, weekly paper reviews, two weekly computer assignments.

Compulsory Reading
  1. Joshua Angrist and Jörn-Steffen Pischke, Mastering Metrics. The path from cause to effect, Princeton University Press, 2015. (available from last year's students)

Recommended Reading
  1. Jeffrey M. Wooldridge, Introductory Econometrics. A Modern Approach, South-Western. CENGAGE Learning, 2013.
Course available for exchange students
Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. B.A. Vollaard
Timetable information
Methods: Econometrics 1
Written test opportunities
Written test opportunities (HIST)
Final exam / Final examEXAM_01BLOK 1121-10-2020
Final exam / Final examEXAM_01BLOK 1206-01-2021
Required materials
Recommended materials
Participation grade; quizzes/assignments

Final exam

Final grade

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