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Unit information: MRes Research Methods in Economics in 2021/22

Unit name MRes Research Methods in Economics
Unit code EFIMM0024
Credit points 15
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Costa-Dias
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Economics
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces a students to a broad set of principles, methods, and tools that are common to research in economics.

The course is covers three substantive topics:

(1) Identification and Estimation in Economics,

(2) Methods for Policy Evaluation, and

(3) Dynamic Modelling and Recursive Methods.

Throughout the course, students will learn to express key economic and policy questions rigorously through the use of models; to apply analytical, numerical, and statistical methods together with data to address these questions; and to effectively communicate their findings through oral and written presentation.

Intended Learning Outcomes

  1. Knowledge and understanding of some standard principles for research design in economics, and the ability to discuss the scope and limitations of these principles.
  2. Knowledge and understanding of some of the most widely used methods in economic research and ability to evaluate critically the advantages and disadvantages of different research methods depending on the question at hand and available data.
  3. Knowledge of how to use these methods in practice.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions such as online teaching for large and small group, face-to-face small group classes (where possible) and interactive learning activities

Assessment Information

Coursework 1: Paper Replication (25%)

Coursework 2: Referee Report (25%)

Coursework 3: Research Proposal (50%)


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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