Form of learning:
The main objective of the course is to obtain a basic understanding of the econometric methodology. The aim is to motivate the students to examine causal relationships between economic phenomena by using a linear regression model. The course focuses on least squares estimation of the model and related statistical inferences. The assumptions of least squares estimation will be critically investigated. We examine the violations of these assumptions and the possible ways to alleviate the assumptions. The emphasis of the course is in the empirical application of the least squares method and its extensions. The economic interpretation of the estimated parameters of regression model and their statistical significance is given a special focus. After the course, students should have the skills to conduct basic empirical econometric analysis.