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Empirical Political Economy (Module)

Module description

This module will introduce students to a number of empirical methods currently used in political economy and development: randomised controlled trials, natural experiments, instrumental variables and regression discontinuity design. Students will learn when and how to use these methods. The emphasis will be on applications rather than derivations, and a large number of studies will be considered in detail, including one looking at the impact of female politicians on policy and another considering the long-term impact of war on development. 

*Please note that module information is indicative and may change from year to year.

Staff information

Dr Gabriel Leon

Teaching pattern


Module assessment - more information

1.5-hour examination (55%), 2,000-word essay (35%), Attendance & Participation (10%)

Key information

Module code 6SSPP349

Credit level 6

Assessment coursework

Credit value 15

Semester Semester 2 (spring)

Study abroad module No