Econometric Analysis of Panel Data
Brief Description
The Econometric Analysis of Panel Data course is of an applied nature and focuses on hands-on experience in estimation, interpretation and evaluation of economic relationships within a panel data context. The course covers techniques applicable to both stationary and non stationary panel data sets, as well as static and dynamic model specifications, accounting for intercept and slope heterogeneity and cross-sectional dependence in the data and model specification.
We begin the discussion with the static linear model, where we consider both one-way and two-way error component models, where individual effects may be fixed or considered random factors. We further consider endogenous regressors, dynamic linear model relationships and sources of persistence; Nickel bias and correction; standard instrumental variables(IV) and general method of moments (GMM) estimation.We further consider models that extend heterogeneity in intercept coefficients to heterogeneity in slope coefficients, while also addressing cross-sectional dependence
.We conclude the course with a discussion of non-stationarity in panels, focusing on panel unit roots assuming cross-section independence as well as cross-sectional dependence. We discuss the concept of spurious regression in panel data and panel co-integration tests. We conclude this section with a discussion on estimation and inference in panel co-integration models.
The course takes place in a computer lab on the main campus of the University of Pretoria. Delegates use Stata version 15 for practical applications.
Learning Outcomes
After successful completion of this programme, you will be able to:
     - Estimate regression models for data organised in a panel
     - Deal with violations of the basic assumptions of regression
analysis, and
     - Apply techniques of unit root testing and cointegration.
Delegates complete an open-book evaluation on the last day of the course. A certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of the course.
Course Content
The course covers the following topics:
1. Stationary panel data
    - One-way error component models
    - Two-way error component models
    -  Hypothesis testing
2. IV and dynamic panel data
    - Instrumental variables
    - Dynamic panel data models
3. Panel heterogeneity revisited, spatial dependence   
    - Heterogeneity in slope coefficients
    - Cross-sectional dependence
4. Non-stationary panel data
    - Overview of the issues
    - Unit root tests Estimation of non-stationarity panels
    - Co-integration tests
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should at least have a relevant honours degree. An understanding of matrix algebra is essential, as well as experience as a researcher or analyst in any of the fields of economic application. Proficiency in EViews and Strata software is recommended.
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Financial Management and Taxation
Who Should attend:
This course is ideal for you if you are a researcher or analyst in all fields of economic application, including development economics, public finance and tax policy, socioeconomics andhealth, financial markets, as well as international trade and finance.
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Contact Sessions
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