Econometrics with Development Applications

Module Lead: Nicholas Horsewood

Credits: 30

Introduction and module objectives:

This module will provide students with an understanding of modern advanced econometric procedures, with emphasis placed on interpreting econometric results and critically evaluating the techniques employed.  In the first semester there will be a technical review of the classical linear model, examining the implications when the key assumptions are violated.  This will be followed by a general survey of the main techniques in the applied literature.  Both computer and econometric classes will be support the lectures, providing utilise these for specific practical problems.

In the second semester, the module will provide an in-depth examination of the applied econometrics literature, focusing on the recent developments.  The lectures will include examples of econometric modelling using non-stationary data and panel estimation. The second part examines the econometrics underlying development economics, with a focus on analysing microeconomic surveys.

Learning outcomes:

By the end of the module the student should be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of traditional econometrics;
  • identify and critically appraise recent developments in advanced econometrics techniques and their application;
  • synthesise econometric studies in the empirical literature and critically analyse the results and approaches adopted.


  • One 1 hour multiple choice test (20%)
  • Computer exercises (20%)
  • One three hour written unseen examination (60%)