Introduction to Econometrics
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Area of Study
Taught In English
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
By the end of this course students will have had an introduction to modern econometric techniques, that will enable them to conduct methodological or empirical analyses of their own. In particular, students will be familiar with both econometric theory and with real-world applications in macroeconomics, finance and business.
A review will be given of estimation and testing in the linear cross-sectional regression model. We will discuss the classical assumptions, and the consequences arising when these assumptions are not fulfilled. Throughout the course, the focus will lie on developing an intuition for state-of-the-art econometric concepts. A balance will be struck between theoretical derivations and empirical applications. The textbook used (see below) is particularly well-suited for this purpose, as it is targeted at an audience of advanced undergraduate students in economics and business studies. Extensive use will be made of the statistical software Stata, both for in-class illustration and for hands-on exercises.
Interactive lectures, theory exercises, and exercises in the computer lab.
TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
Final written exam (85%) and practical assignment (15%)
RECOMMENDED BACKGROUND KNOWLEDGE
This course assumes familiarity with probabilistic concepts such as discrete and continuous random variables, conditional expectations, hypothesis testing and central limit theorems, with the basics of matrix calculus, and with the essentials of regression analysis. This material, excluding matrix calculus, corresponds more or less to chapters 1-5 in Stock & Watson, and students are recommended to refresh their memory prior to the first lecture.
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