What is the module about?
This module covers a range of contemporary topics in economics from both a theoretical and practical perspective. Students will be able to understand the theoretical arguments behind each topic covered but also be able to understand a whole range of empirical methodologies employed by economists to test these theories. The module will consist of research led teaching and so there will be no set textbook. The reading list will consist of journal articles and the odd book chapter here and there. After completing the course students will be able to read and understand the journal articles we cover and will also be able to provide a critical analysis of these.
Who should do this module?
The module is not necessarily confined to students with a mathematical background. The module will be interesting to students who have a general interest in contemporary economics and would like to graduate with a good understanding of the existing empirical literature in applied economics. Graduates of the module will be able to n formulate their own arguments based on their own appraisal of the empirical literature and understand how applied research can help to answer theoretical problems. They will be able to differentiate between empirical methodologies and identify when and why some are more appropriate than others, analyse and evaluate empirical analysis and critically evaluate the empirical methodologies.
70% 2-hour unseen final exam
20% coursework (1500-word assignment)
10% tutorial assessment
1 x 2-hour weekly lecture
1 x 1-hour bi-weekly tutorial
Suggested reading list
There is no one course textbook. A detailed reading list of journal articles and book chapters will be provided at the start of the course and key papers will be cited during the lectures.