We run our MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis jointly with our Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), which specialises in the analysis of household and labour market data. Our MSc Applied Economics and Data Analysis has a data-orientated, applied focus.
One compulsory module (taught by ISER) is Panel Data Methods, which introduces the main techniques used in the analysis of panel data, the specification of models, and the tests of their validity. It includes methods for analysing persistence over time in economic variables, for example the duration of an individual’s unemployment spell. Another core module, Applications of Data Analysis, focuses on handling different types of datasets, on survey methodology and sampling frames, and on how to deal with problems of response rates and attrition. These modules provide the tools for analysing and implementing some of the models that are presented in theory modules, like Microeconomics.
Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.
Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Journal and Journal of the European Economic Association.
Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.