Module code: ECOM042

Module Overview

This module is an introduction to the methods of specification, estimation and testing of econometric models in a general multivariate setting. The techniques are applied to real data making use of the econometric package EViews.

Module provider


Module Leader

VOLPICELLA Alessio (Economics)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 7

JACs code: L140

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Overall student workload

Independent Learning Hours: 81

Lecture Hours: 20

Tutorial Hours: 9

Guided Learning: 11

Captured Content: 29

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module content

Indicative content includes:

  • Multiple Regression analysis using cross sectional data. 

  • Asymptotic properties of OLS.

  • Regression analysis using qualitative information. 

  • Functional form.

  • Autocorrelation.

  • Heteroskedasticity. 

  • Instrumental variables estimation.

  • Econometric models with time series.

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Online Scheduled Summative Class Test MIDTERM TEST 30
Coursework COURSEWORK 70

Alternative Assessment

Coursework exercise which can be completed off-campus.

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to understand and carry out econometric techniques.

This module has a technical and a practical component. As such, assessment put emphasis on both aspects in the form of a midterm and coursework exercise, in which students are asked to analyse real economic and financial data with a statistical software (Eviews).

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

  • midterm is worth 30% of the final mark;

  • coursework exercise is worth 70% of the final mark.

Formative assessment and feedback

Students receive verbal feedback during lectures and tutorials through direct questioning (in which multiple questions and real-world examples of the use of economics are discussed). In addition to this, they receive guideline solutions to tutorial questions, against which they can compare their own results. After the midterm feedback is provided for all individual questions.

Module aims

  • Provide the student with the theoretical and practical skills necessary to construct state of the art, single and multi-equation econometric models. The module will equip the student with the ability to undertake, understand, and critically assess empirical work in economics, with a view to enabling the student to use econometrics to catalogue and describe empirical regularities and test various propositions.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Systematically understand the principles of estimation and hypothesis testing in a multivariate setting KCT
002 Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of the properties of different estimators and tests KCT
003 Demonstrate a practical understanding of the application of econometric techniques to actual data using EViews KCPT
004 Be critically aware of the assumptions made in building econometric models KCT
005 Write up the results of a study of an economic problem that includes econometric analysis, demonstrating the ability to communicate clearly their findings and evaluate critically state-of-the-art empirical research in that field of economics KCPT
006 Proficiently use the testing and estimation capabilities of EViews, evaluating the relative merits of competing methodologies KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

  • Prepare the students for the study of economics and econometrics at FHEQ Level 7 (first week)

  • Give students the theoretical tools they need to go out and analyse real world situations;

  • Encourage rigour in their approach to problems;

  • Encourage hands-on study of empirical problems;

The learning and teaching methods include:

  • Readings using lecturers guidance.

  • Solving exercises.

  • Responding to questions in class.

  • Preparing and taking part in the test.

  • 2 hour lecture per week x 10 weeks.

  • 1 hour tutorial/lab classes x 9 weeks.

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list
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Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Economics and Finance MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module
Economics MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2021/2 academic year.