ECON4137 – Applied Micro Econometrics

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Course content

This course covers core micro-econometric methods and the principles of causal inference.The course builds upon and extends the material covered in ECON4150 – Introductory Econometrics. Building on the potential outcome framework the course will review OLS regression and specification issues. We will discuss instrumental variables and the interpretation of 2SLS estimates in case of heterogeneous treatment effects.We further cover regression discontinuity designs, basic panel data, difference-in-differences, matching, maximum likelihood estimation and binary and multinomial choice models. Both experimental and quasi-experimental approaches to causal inference and program evaluation will be covered. The emphasis will be on developing a solid understanding of the underlying econometric principles of the methods taught, as well as on their empirical application.

Learning outcome


You should know

  • The formal and practical aspects of important microeconometric methods.
  • When to apply a method and how to apply this method and the method’s limitations.
  • Model specification and being able to correctly interpret estimation results.
  • The Applied microeconometric literature, and to perform econometric analyses.


You should be able to

  • Obtain basic skills in using Stata in performing various analyses on economic data developed through exercises and examples in the textbook
  • Interpret Stata output.


You should

  • be able to read and understand project reports and journal articles that make use of the concepts and methods that are introduced in the course
  • be able to make use of the course content in your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis


Students admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

Students not admitted to the Master’s programme in Economics or the Master’s programme in Economic Theory and Econometrics (Samfunnsøkonomisk analyse), can apply for admission to one of our study programmes, or apply for guest student status.


Formal prerequisite knowledge


Lectures and seminars.


Normally, this course has a 3-hour written school exam.

For the spring 2020 applies:

The examination will be a home examination in Inspera. The home exam will be an open-book exam, where all written and printed resources as well as technical support is allowed. The time schedule will be published on the semester page.

Previous exams

Exam papers with comments from examiner

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit your assignment.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Examination support material

Resources allowed: Open book examination where all printed and written resources, in addition to calculator, are allowed.

From spring 2018 there are two calculators allowed for examinations:

  • Aurora HC106 - a very simple calculator with most basic functions
  • Casio FX-85EX which is a scientific calculator with 274 functions

All other calculator types will be rejected. The calculators are checked in the exam room. There is no opportunity to lend the calculator of fellow students.
You can buy the calculators at Akademika bookstore at Blindern, or online.

The same general rules for cheating also apply when using calculator.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If you are sick or have another valid reason for not attending the regular exam, we offer a postponed exam later in the same semester.

See also our information about resitting an exam.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






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