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Name of course

DXE_EMTR Econometrics


Prof. Dr. Peter Hackl


Ing. Daniel Němec, Ph.D.


12 credits

Extent and Intensity

24 teaching hours, 45 minutes each (6 lectures á 4 hours)


5.10., 26.10., 2.11., 9.11., 23.11., 30.11; 10:00–16:00

Course objectives

The course introduces students to common used econometric tools and techniques. Students shall gain sufficient knowledge and experience for his/her independent and qualified work with empirical data. The student should be able to formulate correctly, to identify economic models and to interpret the results accordingly.


Participants should be familiar with the following topics:

• Linear algebra – linear equations, matrices, vectors (basic operations and properties).

• Descriptive statistics – measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, measures of association, histogram, frequency tables, scatterplot, quantiles

• Theory of probability – probability and its properties, random variables and distribution functions in one and several dimensions, moments, convergence of random variables, limit theorems, law of large numbers.

• Mathematical statistics – point estimation, confidence intervals for parameters of normal distribution, hypothesis testing, p-value, significance level.

• These topics correspond to the appendices of Verbeek’s book, in particular, to the sections: A1, A2, A3, A4, A6, A8, B1, B2, B3 (excluding Jensen's inequality), B4, B5, B6 and B7 (excluding some properties of the chi-squared distribution and the F-distribution)


1. Introduction to linear regression model (Verbeek, Ch. 2)

         normal linear regression model

         least squares method

         properties of OLS estimators

2. Introduction to linear regression model (Verbeek, Ch. 2)

         goodness of fit

         hypotheses testing


3. Interpreting and comparing regression models (Verbeek, Ch.3)

         interpretation of the fitted model

         selection of regressors

         testing the functional form

4. Heteroskedascity and autocorrelation (Verbeek, Ch. 4)

         causes, consequences, testing, alternatives for inference

5. Endogeneity, instrumental variables and GMM (Verbeek, Ch. 5)

         the instrumental variables estimator

         the generalized instrumental variables estimator

         the Generalized Method of Moments (principles and examples of use)

6. The practice of econometric modeling


VERBEEK, Marno. A guide to modern econometrics. 4th ed. Chichester: John Wiley & Sons, 2012. xv, 497. ISBN 9781119951674.

KENNEDY, Peter. A guide to econometrics. 6th ed. Malden: Blackwell, 2008. xii, 585. ISBN 9781405182584.

Teaching methods

Class discussion, homework including computer exercises using Gretl, and presentation of homework by participants; course language is English.

Assessment methods

For grading, written homework, presentation of homework in class and a final written exam will be of relevance. The weights are as follows: homework with 40%, final exam (consisting of theoretical and practical part) with 60%. The presentation of homework in class means that students must be prepared to be called at random. Minimal requirements to pass final exam are as follows: 60%.

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