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Empirical Methods in Economics 2

The aim of this course is to provide a deeper understanding of the statistical methods needed in order to analyze economic problems empirically.

The course covers OLS, panel data, IV, and natural experiments, i.e. the analytical tools, concepts and intuition needed to perform more qualified empirical studies in economics.

  • 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.


    Spring 2021:

    Lars Vahtrik

    Autumn 2021:

    Peter Skogman Thoursie

    Course director

    Spring 2021:

    Ferenc Szucs

    Autumn 2021:

    Peter Skogman Thoursie



  • 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.

    Angrist J and Pischke J-S, Mastering 'Metrics The Path from Cause to Effect, latest edition.

    Articles (mandatory):

    • Angrist J, Oreopoulos P & Tyler W (2014) "When Opportunity Knocks, Who Answers? New Evidence on College Achievement Awards", Journal of Human Resources.
    • Angrist J & Evans W (1998) "Children and Their Parents' Labor Supply: Evidence from Exogenous Variation in Family Size", American Economic Review.
    • Angrist J & Lavy V (1999) "Using Maimonides' rule to estimate the effect of class size on scholastic achievement", Quarterly Journal of Economics. Brollo F, Nannicini T.
    • Acemoglu D \& Angtist J (2001) "Consequences of Employment Protection? The Case of the Americans with Disabilities Act", Journal of Political Economy.


  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

    ”You learn to think like an Economist”

    Anna Seim is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Economics. She thinks that studying economics provides a general education that is useful in many different contexts.

    Anna Seim at Frescati. Photo: Tanja Appelberg

    Anna Seim is a researcher and teacher at the Department of Economics


    What is Economics?

    –    Economics is about understanding the economy of society at large and concepts such as unemployment, inflation, growth but also why firms and households act the way they do and how they respond to economic policy.

    –  The economy is a very complex system, and to understand it economists use simplified mathematical and statistical models and focus on what we believe is key to a certain question. Economics is therefore often perceived as technical, and it is to some extent, at least when you study at higher levels, but the use of models is also what enables us to address certain questions in a scientific way, instead of just guessing.   

    Why study Economics at Stockholm University?

    –    You learn to think like an Economist and obtain a general education in economics that is useful regardless of your future plans.

    –    I would say that the physical proximity to the Swedish central bank and other government agencies is unique to Stockholm and enables us to regularly organise guest lectures by, say, deputy governors of the Riksbank and former minsters of finance. We are also a highly international department and the opportunity to participate in visitors’ programmes, both as students and as researchers, implies that we are all part of a vivid and inspiring environment. 

    What type of job do students of economics typically obtain?

    –   Many of our former students start working at, for instance, government agencies, ministries, the Central bank and  the Competition Authority while others become employed in the private sector and start working at firms, banks or other financial institutions. There is a wide range of professions that you can pursue after studying economics. 

  • Contact

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