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 and the circumstances when each is applicable in economic research evaluation; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of the principles and methodologies of a range of quantitative economic regression analysis techniques.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in class quizzes and tests; (2) presentations; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Shawn Chen and Dr Michael Jetter
Contact hours
seminars: 3 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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