EH402 Half Unit
Quantitative Analysis in Economic History I
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Olivier Accominotti SAR 5.14
This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Economic History, MSc in Economic History, MSc in Economic History (Research), MSc in Global Economic History (Erasmus Mundus) and MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is not available as an outside option.
This course is concerned with how economic historians have used quantitative methods and with how researchers design and structure a research project. In terms of quantitative methods the emphasis is on the applied and practical rather than the theoretical and will range from the use of simple summary descriptive statistics to multiple regression. The course is concerned with the problems of analysing and interpreting quantitative historical evidence. It will consider topics such as sampling and statistical distributions, correlation, simple and multiple regression, specification problems, hypothesis testing, panel data analysis and instrumental variables, although the content may vary slightly from year to year. The course will also provide students with training in using an econometrics software package. An important component of the course is the deconstruction of historical articles that have used quantitative techniques.
9 hours of seminars and 20 hours of computer workshops in the MT.
This course is delivered through a combination of classes and lectures totalling a minimum of 20 hours across Michaelmas Term. This year, while we are planning for most classes and seminars to be delivered in-person, it is possible that some or all of this teaching may have to be delivered virtually. Lectures will either be recorded or given in the form of live webinars.
This course has a reading week in Week 6 of Michaelmas Term
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
- C H Feinstein and M Thomas, Making History Count (2002);
- P Hudson, History by Numbers (2002);
- C H Lee, The Quantitative Approach to Economic History (1977);
- G Hawthorn, Plausible Words (1991).
Essay (80%, 3000 words) and in-class assessment (20%).
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.
Department: Economic History
Total students 2020/21: 51
Average class size 2020/21: 17
Controlled access 2020/21: Yes
Value: Half Unit
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