ECO 2803F

Methods for Empirical Microeconomics

Fall, 2010


This is the public “front end” for the more detailed course website accessible through the University of Toronto Portal (Blackboard).


Course Description


This course is directed at graduate students conducting research in the “applied micro” fields, especially (but not exclusively) labour, development, and public economics. While it has a labour course number, this is not purely a labour economics course: it is a course in empirical modelling and applied econometrics. The tools covered in the course, however, are central to those used in empirical labour economics, as well as other applied microeconomics fields like development and public economics. The focus will be on the identification of casual relationships using regression-based analysis. Empirical examples will be drawn from recent work in labour, development, and public economics.


The readings are comprised of:


1)       The recent book by Josh Angrist and Steve Pischke, “Mostly Harmless Econometrics,” and

2)       A selection of journal articles.


The evaluation scheme is comprised of three parts:


1)       An in-class presentation of an assigned article;

2)       A more in depth critical review of the same article;

3)       A Final Exam


While the course is targeted towards PhD students, qualified MA students are welcome in the course.




The course syllabus is now available


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