Microeconometrics - ECON8250

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2023 to 2024
Spring Term 7 15 (7.5) Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon checkmark-circle


Empirical evaluation of microeconomic models is crucial to the study and application of economics. The empirical evaluation of economic models based on the analysis of individual behaviour at the micro level often requires special econometric techniques either due to the nature of the explanatory variables or the non-randomness of the sample design. The module introduces students to the main empirical strategies for causal inference. The module will cover identification based on observables, randomized control trials, difference-in-differences, instrumental variables and regression discontinuity design. The students will use an econometric software in the analysis of data and estimations.


Contact hours

Private Study: 117
Contact Hours: 33
Total: 150


This module is:

Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc in Economics and Econometrics

Optional to the following courses:
• MSc Economics
• MSc Development Economics

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

• Take home test (40%)
• Examination (2 hours) (60%)

Reassessment: 100% exam

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Have a general and comprehensive understanding of econometric techniques used in with cross-section and panel data
2 Critically approach reading and interpretation of their own applied microeconomic analyses
3 Analyse complex economic relationships using the real-life data, estimate state of art models on these data and generate sharp predictions and convincing arguments about the relationships in question
4 Communicate effectively with educated audience on the applied microeconometric work by a variety of methods.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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