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Introduction to quantitative methods in economics

The course provides an introduction to quantitative methods for economists so that the student, in a satisfactory manner, will be able to complete economics studies at advanced level.

The course is divided into a part for basic mathematical methods and a part for basic statistical methods.

The first part of the course aims to provide students with knowledge of basic mathematical methods for further studies in microeconomics and macroeconomics. This part includes optimization with side conditions, basic matrix algebra and linear and log-linear approximation of functions and equations.

The second part of the course aims to provide students with knowledge of basic statistical methods for conducting hypothesis tests on economic issues. The course deals with stochastic variables, probability theory, discrete and continuous probability distributions, bivariate probability distribution, expected values, random samples, sampling distributions, point estimates, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.

  • Course structure

    This is a 7.5 credit course. One week of full-time studies equals 1.5 credits.

    The language of instruction is English.

    Course material will be available through the learning platform Athena during the course.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and group work.


    The course is examined on the basis of a written examination. Students may be awarded examination credits during the course through voluntary partial examination during the course.


    Examiner: Tessa Bold

    Course directors: Tessa Bold och Jay Lee

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Contact

    Course administrator intermediate level
    Academic advisor first level
    Director of studies - first and second level