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Code PUBL 503
Term 201601
Title Research Methods and Quantitative Techniques
Faculty Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Subject Public Policy(PUBL)
SU Credit 3
ECTS Credit 10.00
Instructor(s) Aysegul Kayao?lu,
Language of Instruction English
Level of Course Doctoral
Type of Course Click here to view.
(only for SU students)
Mode of Delivery Formal lecture,Interactive lecture,Recitation
Planned Learning Activities Interactive,Discussion based learning,Guided discovery,Case Study

Simple linear regression, least squares, generalized least squares; goodness of fit; prediction; inference, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing; empirical modeling of economic theory; introduction to econometric packages


Economics as a discipline has to be evaluated by its ability to solve, or at least to have an impact on, important problems of actual economic life. To provide a solution, however, requires the diagnosis and understanding of its nature. Therefore, the primary goal of this course is to prepare students for empirical research. But it also serves those who are willing to go on to advanced studies of econometric theory. The course appeals to economic intuition as well as to rigor as the title of this course is 'Econo' and 'Metrics'. The students will be encouraged to develop a critical sense by mastering on econometric skills necessary to understand and evaluate existing economic models.

Learning Outcome

Students should be able to
a) apply various econometric techniques on data,
b) identify possible data problems, realize consequences of such problems on estimation results and choose appropriate and relevant techniques,
c) interpret estimation results, assess the importance of certain factors on the variable interest, e.g., what is the impact of education on hourly wage, what are the factors that induce smoking?
d) describe what is meant by ?thinking like an empirical economist?.
e) identify all kinds of links between a set of variables.
f) develop independent study skills, i.e., to pose a problem, identify main causes, use data to provide quantitative answers,
g) use of STATA, an econometric software,
h) use of SUCourse will develop IT skills.

Programme Outcomes
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop and deepen the current and advanced knowledge in the field with original thought and/or research and come up with innovative definitions based on Master's degree qualifications 5
2 Conceive the interdisciplinary interaction which the field is related with ; come up with original solutions by using knowledge requiring proficiency on analysis, synthesis and assessment of new and complex ideas. 3
3 Evaluate and use new information within the field in a systematic approach. 5
4 Develop an innovative knowledge, method, design and/or practice or adapt an already known knowledge, method, design and/or practice to another field; research, conceive, design, adapt and implement an original subject. 4
5 Critical analysis, synthesis and evaluation of new and complex ideas. 5
6 Gain advanced level skills in the use of research methods in the field of study. 5
7 Contribute the progression in the field by producing an innovative idea, skill, design and/or practice or by adapting an already known idea, skill, design, and/or practice to a different field independently. 3
8 Broaden the borders of the knowledge in the field by producing or interpreting an original work or publishing at least one scientific paper in the field in national and/or international refereed journals. 2
9 Demonstrate leadership in contexts requiring innovative and interdisciplinary problem solving. 2
10 Develop new ideas and methods in the field by using high level mental processes such as creative and critical thinking, problem solving and decision making. 4
11 Investigate and improve social connections and their conducting norms and manage the actions to change them when necessary. 2
12 Defend original views when exchanging ideas in the field with professionals and communicate effectively by showing competence in the field. 2
13 Ability to communicate and discuss orally, in written and visually with peers by using a foreign language at least at a level of European Language Portfolio C1 General Level. 3
14 Contribute to the transition of the community to an information society and its sustainability process by introducing scientific, technological, social or cultural improvements. 3
15 Demonstrate functional interaction by using strategic decision making processes in solving problems encountered in the field. 2
16 Contribute to the solution finding process regarding social, scientific, cultural and ethical problems in the field and support the development of these values. 3
Common Outcomes For All Programs
1 Develop the ability to use critical, analytical, and reflective thinking and reasoning 5
2 Reflect on social and ethical responsibilities in his/her professional life. 3
3 Gain experience and confidence in the dissemination of project/research outputs 5
4 Work responsibly and creatively as an individual or as a member or leader of a team and in multidisciplinary environments. 5
5 Communicate effectively by oral, written, graphical and technological means and have competency in English. 5
6 Independently reach and acquire information, and develop appreciation of the need for continuously learning and updating. 4
Common Outcomes ForFaculty of Arts & Social Sci.
1 Develop a thorough knowledge of theories, concepts, and research methods in the field and apply them in research design and data analysis. 5
2 Assess the impact of the economic, social, and political environment from a global, national and regional level. 5
3 Know how to access written and visual, primary and secondary sources of information, interpret concepts and data from a variety of sources in developing disciplinary and interdisciplinary analyses. 4
1 Design and model engineering systems and processes and solve engineering problems with an innovative approach.
2 Establish experimental setups, conduct experiments and/or simulations.
3 Analytically acquire and interpret data.
Public Policy (with thesis) Program Outcomes Required Courses
1 Understand the policy-making process in the contemporary world. 3
2 Contribute to the design of public policy using a multidisciplinary perspective in specific policy areas. 4
3 Develop ability to evaluate the impact of public policy. 5
1 Establish a strong theoretical background in several of a broad range of subjects related to the discipline, such as manufacturing processes, service systems design and operation, production planning and control, modeling and optimization, stochastics, statistics.
2 Develop novel modeling and / or analytical solution strategies for problems in integrated production and service systems involving human capital, materials, information, equipment, and energy, also using an interdisciplinary approach whenever appropriate.
3 Implement solution strategies on a computer platform for decision-support purposes by employing effective computational and experimental tools.
4 Acquire skills to independently explore and tackle problems related to the discipline that were not encountered previously. Develop appropriate modeling, solution, implementation strategies, and assess the quality of the outcome.
Assessment Methods and Criteria
  Percentage (%)
Final 35
Midterm 50
Assignment 10
Participation 5
Recommended or Required Reading

Jeffrey M. Wooldridge
Introductory Econometrics
A Modern Approach, 4th Edition
South-Western, 2009.


A series of readings that use empirical methods to investigate a particular economic and social problem. The list changes from year to year.