Spring 2023 - ECON 836 G100

Applied Econometrics (4)

Class Number: 3234

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 3611, Burnaby

    Th 2:30 PM – 3:20 PM
    WMC 3611, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    ECON 835 or equivalent.



A 'hands-on' course in implementing econometric techniques for empirical investigation of economic issues.


The objective of this course is to help students become comfortable doing empirical work via hands-on experience. Students will gain experience doing “real” econometrics with real data and statistical software, will learn how to confront real-world data problems, and how to apply the theory introduced in ECON 835. This will be accomplished via regular assignments in which students replicate published empirical studies or answer specific empirical questions.


  • Assignments 30%
  • Midterm Exam 25%
  • Final Exam 45%



Software: You should use STATA or R to complete the replication assignments. No matter which software package you choose, however, learning to use it will primarily be your responsibility. Statistical software packages share many similarities, hence learning to use one will be beneficial even if you find yourself using others in the future.

The lab will be stocked with STATA and R, which are industry standards for applied econometrics.


Angrist, J. and Pischke, J.-S., Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion. 2009. Princeton University Press. ISBN: 978-0-691-12035-5


Hansen, B. E. Econometrics. 2021. You can download it for free here: https://www.ssc.wisc.edu/~bhansen/econometrics/


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