Topic: Quantitative Research Methods
Answer both questions. Assignments should be word processed: 12pt font size, with 1.5 or double line spacing. Word limit: 4000 words (excluding tables and references). Each question weighs 50% of the final mark.
(2,000 words each question)
I. Taking an example of analysis using Instrumental Variables Estimation from the literature on economic development, critically evaluate the extent to which this identification strategy is convincing for the case you have chosen.
II. Explain and assess advantages and limitations of identification strategies based on Difference-in-Differences, drawing on one or more examples from development economics research.
Course unit details a) Quantitative Research Methods Lecture 1. Introduction to data measurement, presentation and descriptive statistics
Lecture 2. Normal and standard curve and introduction to inferential statistics
Lecture 3. Introduction to estimation: confidence interval
Lecture 4. Two sample Hypothesis testing Lecture 1: Introduction to ordinary least squares regression (OLS) analysis
Lecture 2: Cross sectional OLS regression analysis: violation of the assumptions
Lecture 3: Cross sectional OLS regression analysis: violation of the assumptions (continued)
Lecture 4: Identification Strategies: Instrumental Variable regression analysis
Lecture 5: Identification strategies: panel data regression analysis b) Applied Quantitative Research & Dissertation Writing
Lecture 1: Introduction to Doing Quantitative Research and Dissertation Planning
Lecture 2: Applied Econometric Methods: Cross-section
Lecture 3: Applied Econometric Methods: Panel Data
Lecture 4: Research Design
Lecture 5: Dissertation and Research Proposal Writing Skills