Applied Methods in Economics

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Applied Methods in Economics

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Economics

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    EC 1000 Principles of Microeconomics
    EC 1101 Principles of Macroeconomics
    MA1001 Mathematics for Business Economics and Sciences
    MA1105 Applied Calculus
    MA 2010 Statistics I
    MA 3111 Statistics II 

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    Data categories. Databases. Applications of descriptive and inferential statistics in economics and finance. Model building and use in economics and finance. Model estimation.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course is a natural extension of the courses in mathematics/ statistics/ economics/ finance that the student has taken. In this course the student will learn how to work with some of the most popular data bases that professionals are using, and apply statistical techniques for forecasting and/ or hypothesis testing purposes. The student will also learn how to design and estimate models in economics and finance.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, a student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate detailed knowledge of different data categories.
    2. Construct data sets from typical data bases
    3. Summarize complex data sets using the appropriate descriptive statistics.
    4. Identify and apply the appropriate inferential statistics methodology for hypothesis testing (means, proportions, standard deviations) for cross section and time series data.
    5. Formulate fairly complex economic / financial relations by building the appropriate models.
    6. Utilize regression techniques to estimate the parameters of economic/financial models

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, question-answer periods, homework solution and practice sessions through software that enhance understanding the material through real world empirical problems and self- testing assignments. 
    2
    - Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions and go over lecture material.
    - Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.