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52357-01 - Vorlesung: Empirical Research Methods in Labour Economics 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2019
Angebotsmuster Jedes Herbstsemester
Dozierende Conny Wunsch (conny.wunsch@unibas.ch, BeurteilerIn)
Inhalt Answering empirical research questions in a credible way is challenging. The methods covered by most standard econometrics classes typically impose strong assumptions that are hard to justify in many applications. This course focuses on the main empirical research methods that aim to answer empirical research questions with as few assumptions as possible. The objective of this course is to enable students to understand and apply these methods. We will also compare these methods to the methods taught in standard econometrics classes. We illustrate the methods using key applications from labour economics that are easy to understand by students from different backgrounds.
Methodologically, the course will cover the following:
1. Introduction to causal analysis
2. The potential outcome model
3. Identification versus estimation
4. Method 1: Exploiting rich data to handle endogeneity issues
5. Method 2: Exploiting exogenous variation with an instrumental variable
6. Method 3: Exploiting policy discontinuities with a regression discontinuity design
7. Method 4: Exploiting policy changes with a difference-in-differences approach
We illustrate each method with interesting applications from labour economics where we focus on the challenges involved in applying the methods and how to master them.
The last lecture takes place in the PC-lab where we demontrate how to conduct an empirial application with STATA. This serves as direct preparation for the assignment.


Lernziele The course targets two groups of students. The first one is students with particular interest in labour economics. The course will inform students how to answer important questions of empirical labour economics in a credible way. This covers questions such as
• How to measure gender pay gaps, returns to education or compensating wage differentials?
• What are the labour market effects of immigration on natives and migrants?
• Are training programs and other measures effective in improving the labour market prospects of unemployed workers?
• How to measure the work disincentive effect of social insurance?
• What are the effects of firm policies such as flexible working time, different remuneration schemes or health measures on various employee and firm outcomes such as motivation, health, turnover or firm performance?
The second group of students targeted by this course includes master students and beginning PhD students who consider writing an empirical master thesis or conducting empirical research with micro-level data (e.g. of individuals, households or firms). Although we use applications from labour economics, the methods we cover in this course are widely applicable to all kinds of research questions and fields. The applications will help better understanding the challenges involved in applying these methods, which is crucial for any application one may have in mind.
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Teilnahmebedingungen Students should be familiar with basis statistics (expectations, conditional expectations, distribution functions) as well as standard OLS and instrumental variable approaches such as 2SLS.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung Registration: Please enrol in MOnA. EUCOR-Students and students of other Swiss Universities have to enrol at the students administration office (studseksupport1@unibas.ch) within the official enrolment period. Enrolment = Registration for the exam!
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz

 

Intervall wöchentlich
Datum 16.09.2019 – 28.10.2019
Zeit Montag, 14.15-18.00 Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Datum Zeit Raum
Montag 16.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 23.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 30.09.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 07.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 14.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 21.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Seminarraum S14 HG.32
Montag 28.10.2019 14.15-18.00 Uhr Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät, Grosses PC-Labor S18 HG.37
Module Vertiefungsmodul: Labour Economics, Human Resources and Organization (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Vertiefungsmodul: Quantitative Methods (Masterstudium: Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Leistungsüberprüfung Semesterendprüfung
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung Empirical group assignment. Students will receive data with which they have to apply one or more of the methods covered in class.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Belegen via MOnA innerhalb der Belegfrist
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala 1-6 0,1
Wiederholtes Belegen beliebig wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ, studiendekanat-wwz@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät / WWZ

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