Econometrics I: Cross-sectional and Panel Data Approaches - ECON5420

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Moatazbellah Farid checkmark-circle


This module introduces students to applied econometrics using a general-purpose statistical software package (e.g., Stata or R), which is suitable for those intending to undertake postgraduate training in economics and/or becoming professional economists.

The module assumes a basic knowledge of statistics and quantitative methods and is designed for students who have followed Stage 1 modules in mathematics and statistics and who have taken relevant Stage 2 modules in econometrics.

What distinguishes this module is the adoption of the modern learning-by-doing approach to teaching econometrics, which emphasises the application of econometrics to real world problems. The focus is on understanding the theoretical aspects that are critical in applied work and the ability to correctly interpret empirical results.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 31 hours
Private study hours: 119
Total study hours: 150


This module is compulsory for BSc Economics with Econometrics and BSc Financial Economics with Econometrics
This module is optional for all other Single and Joint Honours degree courses in Economics.
This module is not available to students across other degree courses in the University.

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

Problem Sets (10%)
In Course Test 1 (45 minutes) (7%)
In Course Test 2 (90 minutes) (13%)
Examination, 2 hours (70%)

Reassessment Instrument: 100% exam

*Exams will be in-person*

Indicative reading

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The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Understand and abstract the cross-section and panel properties of (micro) economic data

2. Synthesise and critically compare different (micro)econometric analyses of an economic issue

3. Demonstrate analytical skills that can be used to formulate and consider a range of econometric problems and issues

4. Practise the use of econometric concepts in relation to cross-section and panel data analyses.

5. Demonstrate critical understanding of statistical, graphical and numerical data analyses

6. Collate, examine and interpret cross-section and panel data in the context of economic theory and policy


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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