Victoria University of Wellington

Course Description

  • Course Name


  • Host University

    Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location

    Wellington, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    QUAN 201; QUAN 203 (or MATH 277); one of (ECON 201, 202, FINA 201, 202);

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This course covers the following topics in econometric methods: Ordinary Least Squares (with matrix algebra); Generalised Least Squares; Instrumental Variables estimation; Maximum Likelihood estimation; Binary Response and Limited Dependent Variables models; Panel Data models.

    Econometrics is concerned with the construction, estimation, testing, and use of economic and financial models. Sound applied econometric work requires that careful attention be paid to econometric theory, as well as to the theory on which the empirical model is based and the construction of data. To understand econometrics, mathematical reasoning and theory is required. But since the ultimate goal is actual estimation and evaluation, hands-on experience with data and econometric software is also essential. For this purpose, the econometric software package R will be used: R is freeware, and can be downloaded from the following website:

    Introductory material covered in QUAN 201 will be reviewed and expanded into more advanced level, in terms of both the econometric theory and the level of complexity of the models. Furthermore:
    - Matrix algebra specifications will be used. By using matrix algebra, many fundamental results in econometrics can be presented in an elegant and compact manner.
    - Some computer programming will be used to complement the econometric theory, and enhance students' understanding of econometrics.

    Course Learning Objectives
    By the end of this course, students should be able to
    C1 use matrix algebra to specify and derive characteristics of linear regression models
    C2 apply Generalised Least Squares
    C3 apply Instrumental Variable (IV) estimation
    C4 set out the identification issues in simultaneous equations models, and estimate such models
    C5 apply Non-linear Least Squares and Maximum Likelihood Estimation
    C6 apply common binary choice and other limited dependent variable models
    C7 apply common panel data models
    C8 use econometric software to implement the above techniques in appropriate situations

    Assignments 25%
    Mid-trimester test 25%
    Final Examination 50%

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