Econometrics for MRes students

This information is for the 2016/17 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Vassilis Hajivassiliou 32L.4.23, Dr Tatiana Komarova 32L.4.24 and Dr Marcia Schafgans 32L.4.12


This course is compulsory on the MRes in Economics. This course is not available as an outside option.


Students should have completed an undergraduate level course in econometrics and statistical theory. Linear algebra and multivariate calculus will be used frequently.

Course content

The first part [Inference, Classical- and Generalized Linear Regression] begins with methods of estimation and optimality, followed by an introduction to asymptotic theory. It proceeds with statistical inference and the trinity of classical testing (Wald, Likelihood Ratio, and Lagrange Multiplier). It then discusses the classical linear regression model and commences the discussion of violation of the classical assumptions by discussing the Generalized Linear Regression Model (heteroskedasticity and autocorrelation).

The second part [Generalized Regression Methods] provides a further discussion of violations of the classical assumptions including measurement error, omitted variables, simultaneity, missing data; non-linear regression models and instrumental variables. It proceeds to the Generalized Method of Moments and efficient estimation methods under conditional moment restrictions. It also covers the topics of quantile regression and bootstrapping.

The third part [Time-series, Panel-data, and Microeconometric Methods] begins with a discussion of Time-Series topics, including single equation theory for non-stationary variables; serially correlated errors with lagged dependent variables; unit roots; simultaneous equations for non-stationary variables; co-integration; and ARCH and GARCH models. It proceeds to Panel data methods such as fixed and random effects estimators and their extensions for applying to dynamic linear and non-linear panel data models. The next major topic presents models with Limited Dependent Variables.

The final part [Specialized Econometric Methods] discusses simulation-based inference, nonlinear panel data, and duration models. Finally, it covers the topics of program evaluation, nonparametrics, kernel estimation, and differences in differences.


30 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the MT. 30 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the LT.

Formative coursework

Exercises are set for each class.

Indicative reading

Lecture notes will be made available through the departmental website and in course-packs for each part of the course. Please note there is no set book for this course.

Recommended books are:

W H Greene, Econometric Analysis, 6th edn, Pearson Education;

R Davidson & J MacKinnon, Estimation and Inference in Econometrics, Oxford University Press, 1993;

P. Ruud, An Introduction to Classical Econometric Theory, Oxford University Press, 2000;

T Amemiya, Advanced Econometrics, Harvard University Press, 1985;

J Johnston, Econometric Methods, 3rd edn, McGraw Hill;

G Judge et al, A Course in Econometrics, Wiley, 1988;

G Maddala, Econometrics, McGraw Hill, 1977.


Exam (100%, duration: 3 hours, reading time: 15 minutes) in the main exam period.

Key facts

Department: Economics

Total students 2015/16: 20

Average class size 2015/16: 17

Controlled access 2015/16: No

Value: One Unit

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