ECON5514 Economic Research and Evaluation Methods

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The objective of this unit is to give students a background in the various economic ways in which policies can be measured and evaluated. The topics include an introduction to the research process; how to design an economic research question; different types of economic data analysis (quantitative versus qualitative); and an introduction to the principles and practice of economic cost-benefit analysis.
Students are able to (1) identify the various forms of research methods used in the economic evaluation of policy; (2) identify the advantages and disadvantages of different types of economic, financial and social data; (3) describe the different methodological tools used in economic research evaluation, and to understand where and when each may be applicable in different circumstances; (4) understand the principles and methodologies of a range of quantitative economic regression analysis techniques; (5) understand the principles and methodologies of a range of quantitative economic regression analysis techniques; and (6) understand and interpret the basic principles and practice behind an economic cost-benefit analysis.
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments and presentations and (2) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Inga Kristoffersen
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
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