ECN303 Impact Assessment Methods
Showing course contents for the educational year 2015 - 2016 .
Course responsible: Stein Terje Holden
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: School of Economics and Business
Teaching language: EN
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This course starts in Autumn parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Autumn parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2009-2010
Basic introduction to Impact Assessment and Overview of Methods: Establishment of causality vs. correlations. Impacts of what on what? How far can the results be generalized? Introduction and exercise in use of Matching methods, Selection methods, Instrumental variable methods, Control function methods, Difference-in-Difference methods, Panel data methods.
An introduction to modern impact assessment methods for quantitative assessment of impacts of changes in policies, projects, shocks and other changes. An overview of the most relevant methods, their strengths, weaknesses and areas of application. An exercise is given for each of the main methods to give students an experience with their application.
Lectures and exercises
Exercises with support from teacher
Cameron, A. C. and Trivedi, P. K. (2010). Microeconometrics Using Stata. Revised Edition. Stata Press. Detailed list of readings is provided at the beginning of the course.
Econometrics (ECN201), Statistics (STAT100), basic knowledge of STATA
Recommended to combine with ECN301 Econometric methods.
Compulsory participation in exercises. At least four out of five exercises must have been submitted and ACCEPTED (quality check) before a candidate can take the exam.
3.5 hours written exam (100 %)
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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2 hours per week, combining lecture and exercise.
External examiner will control the quality of syllabus, questions for the final examination, and principles for the assessment of the examination answers.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått