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EC5214 - Case Studies in Applied Economics and Finance

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 3
Administered by: School of Business (pre 2015)

This subject is specifically designed for students who plan to do economic research of their own and/or who are interested in case studies in applied economics. During the subject six different topics will be introduced by various different members of staff. Each topic will be discussed for just one week - during two separate three-hour workshops. In most cases, the first workshop will provide some theoretical background to the topic under consideration, while the second workshop will show how these theories are tested, empirically, in 'real life' case studies.

Learning Outcomes

  • be able to compare and evaluate the ability of different models, theoretical frameworks, statistical and econometric techniques to generate information that is useful for specific policy/management problems;
  • appreciate and understand the data (information) which researchers must have access to, if wishing to operationalise different models (or theoretical frameworks;
  • appreciate and understand the statistical and econometric problems likely to confront those seeking to operationalise different models (or theoretical frameworks).
First year undergraduate economics and statistics.


Townsville, Internal, Study Period 1
Census Date 27-Mar-2014
Coordinator: Professor Zhang-Yue Zhou
Lecturers: Dr Sue Ciccotosto, Professor Natalie Stoeckl, Dr Singwhat Tee, Professor Zhang-Yue Zhou, Assoc. Professor Riccardo Welters, Assoc. Professor Sizhong Sun, Assoc. Professor Taha Chaiechi, <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 36 hours workshops/Seminars - 6 hours per week for the first 6 weeks.
  • 6 hours - Two 1.5 hour mid semester tests plus one 3 hour seminar
Assessment: other exams (60%); presentations (15%); assignments (25%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.