Empirical Methods in Economics

7.5 credits

This course covers modern econometric tools and empirical strategies used by economists for the analysis of cross-sectional and panel micro-data. The course teaches the econometric theory behind these techniques, reading of high-quality empirical articles, and applications of the methods using real data sets. Topics covered in the course include (1) randomized experiments, (2) fixed-effects methods, such as difference-in-differences techniques applied to panel data, (3) instrumental variables estimation, (4) regression discontinuity design, (5) matching estimators, such as propensity score and kernel matching, and (6) limited dependent variables.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.