Bayesian Econometrics

Subject 316-672 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Three hours of classes per week plus three hours of seminars during the (Semester 2).
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: 316-678 Econometric Techniques.
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

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Dr Liana Jacobi
Subject Overview: Basic tools and characteristics of Bayesian inference and the application of Bayesian inference to a number of econometric models are considered. The tools and characteristics will include joint, conditional and marginal probability distributions, prior, posterior and predictive distributions, Bayes theorem, representing uncertain information, and the estimation of moments and other integrals via Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques. The econometric models will include the traditional regression model, the seemingly unrelated regressions model, probit and tobit models and some time-series models.
Objectives: On successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
  • Explain the concepts of joint, conditional and marginal probability density functions and their relevance for Bayesian inference;
  • Derive posterior density functions for common econometric models including the traditional regression model, the seemingly unrelated regression model, probit and tobit models and some time series models;
  • Explain the relevance of Markov chain Monte Carlo techniques for Bayesian inference;
  • Program Gibbs samplers and Metropolis-Hastings algorithms for a number of models including the seemingly unrelated regressions models and the ordered probit model;
  • Interpret results from Bayesian inference;
  • Explain the concept of model averaging;
  • Estimate marginal likelihoods and use these estimates to model average a simple problem.
Assessment: A 2-hour end-of-semester examination (60%), and class assignments of up to 5000 words in total (40%).
Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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Generic Skills:

On successful completion of this subject, students should have improved the following generic skills:

  • Evaluation of ideas, views and evidence
  • Synthesis of ideas, views and evidence
  • Strategic thinking
  • Critical thinking
  • Application of theory to economic policy and business decision making
  • Summary and interpretation of information
  • Application of Windows software
  • Using and designing computer programs
  • Statistical reasoning
  • Problem solving skills
  • Collaborative learning and teamwork
  • Written communication
  • Oral communication

Students may not gain credit for both 316-672 Bayesian Econometrics and 316-407 Bayesian Econometrics.

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