Applied Econometrics: Health & Education Economics WS2020/21

This course is taught within the Graduate School of Economics, Finance, and Management (GSEFM) of the Universities of Frankfurt, Mainz and Darmstadt. The course takes place in the 2nd half of the winter semester (4 contact hours per week). This semester, the course will take place online.

Course outline

In each session we will focus on a different topic within the fields of Health Economics and Economics of Education. I.e. researchers usually try to identify causal relations using non-experimental data and use quasi-experiments & the “econometric toolbox” for solving the causality issue.

Health and Education Economics are 2 central sub fields within the broader domain of Applied Microeconometrics. The course hence has a double focus: A. the methods – students will learn about state-of-the art econometric methods and will learn to critically evaluate research. B. the content – students will get to learn about a number of important topics that are currently at the focus of attention of health and education economists;

Course set-up

Each session consists of 3 parts:

  1. A short lecture on today’s topic
  2. All students together conduct an in-depth critical analysis of a pre-selected empirical paper: as if they were reviewing for a scientific journal.
  3. A presentation of another empirical paper by 2-3 students. Again, this entails a critical analysis: “as if reviewing for a scientific journal” and should involve interactive discussions with the rest of the class.