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Empirical Specialization

The courses in Empirical Economics help students understand the methods and application of empirical methods used in economic research.


  • Methods in Empirical Economics
  • Applied Empirical Economics
  • Area Studies in Empirical Economics

Modul: Methods in Empirical Economics

Goal of the Course

Students will learn contemporary methods used in economic research. With the help of models and methods presented in the literature, you can set up your own study of a particular question of interest. You will also learn to think critically abouth the criticism and the limits of these models. Written and oral communcation of your own results will be required.


Methods of modern econometric Analysis: Microeconometrics, Time Series Econometrics, Panel Data Analysis, Ex-Post Policy Analysis.

Modul: Applied Empirical Economics

Goal of the Course

Students will learn to apply Econometrics to economic research. You will be able to find relevant economic research questions and use econometric and statistical methods to analysis these questions alone or in groups. You will present your work in both a written and oral fashion. Additionally, you will be able to conceptualize institutional, legal, and social conditions in your work and be able to make concrete policy suggestions based on empirical evidence. Particularly, you will learn about the role of gender and diversity.


Applied modern econometric analysis: Labor Market Policies, Taxation Policies, Disparity Research, Education and Family Policies, Demographic and Migration Research, Gender Economics, Economic Development Research, Environmental Economics, Health Economics, Social Policies, Fiscal Policis, Monetary Policies, Recession Policies, Economic Growth Policies

Modul: Area Studies in Empirical Economics

Goal of the Course

Students will learn to apply econometeric methods in their study of a particular regions. You will learn the institutional, historical, and social elements of these regions, while finding, researching, and discussing particular economic issues of these regions.


Quantitative and qualitative methods of applied empirical research: Economic History, Economic Development in relation to particular Regions of Latin America, Eastern Europe, and North America.