This course examines advanced empirical methods used in economics. The focus is on developing and testing hypotheses in economics. The course develops econometric techniques that approximate a desirable experimental design to test causal hypotheses. These techniques are typically called quasi-experimental. In addition, the increasing use of randomized field experiments in economics is examined. Topics are selected from a variety of economics sub-fields, including labor, urban, environmental, development, education, and macro economics. The course also includes development of an independent empirical research project.
Prerequisites: ECON 170 and 284.