Barcelona Microeconometrics Summer School


Program Description


The Barcelona GSE Microeconometrics Summer School specializes in the application of econometric techniques and is taught by experts in the field.

The increasing availability of individual data from surveys has led not only to a significant growth in the number of academic jobs of an empirical nature using this type of information but also to a greater number of studies commissioned by public and private institutions in which this type of data is used.

The characteristics of this type of data are such that statistical and econometric techniques appropriate for their treatment have a specific nature, generally differentiated from those appropriate for time series data. The qualitative nature of most of the information, the representativity of the samples used and the censoring issues associated to the dependent variables are, among others, some of the aspects that distinguish these techniques from an econometric perspective.

Furthermore, the growing importance of this type of information has also meant that a significant number of official surveys from different countries have a panel data structure. That is, one individual (person, household, firm) is observed for several time periods. This type of data has some econometric advantages and also requires the use of specific techniques.

Finally, it is becoming a usual practice to evaluate public policies by comparing the results of a given treatment in a group of individuals with those of another group with similar characteristics that haven’t been the object of the treatment. To do this, information from surveys is also used, this being a specific framework for the application of econometric techniques for individual data.

Course list for 2018

Four courses will be offered in the Microeconometrics Summer School:

Week 1 (June 25-29, 2018)

  • Panel Data Linear Analysis
    Instructor: Badi Baltagi
  • Econometrics of Cross-section Data
    Instructor: Jaume Garcia-Villar

Week 2 (July 2-6, 2018)

  • Quantitative Methods for Public Policy Evaluation
    Instructor: Stephan Litschig
  • Dynamic and Non-linear Panel Data Models
    Instructor: Sergi Jiménez-Martín

Course schedule

Each course in the Microeconometrics program includes 10 hours of lecture time and 5 hours of practical time.

The schedule is designed to allow students to participate in all courses in the Microeconometrics program.

Courses can also be taken individually or in combination with courses in other BGSE Summer School programs, schedule permitting.

* In order to participate in practical sessions, you must bring your own portable computer.

Laptop required for practical sessions

Practical sessions will be held in a lecture room, not in a computer lab. Participants must bring a laptop in order to follow these sessions. Every participant taking a course in the Microeconometrics Summer School will receive a personal free license of STATA several days before the start of the Summer School. Participants should install the STATA software on their laptops for use during the practical sessions.

Who will benefit from this program?

Given the strong methodological and empirical nature of the course methodology, candidates to take this Summer School include:

  • Researchers and professionals from public institutions (economists from ministries of economy, labor, industry, etc,) or private institutions (economists from the research departments of financial firms or consultants) whose work requires the handling and treatment of individual data.
  • Ph.D. and master students in economics (or in the social sciences) who intend to or are in the process of preparing dissertations with an empirical component that requires an econometric treatment of individual data.
  • Holders of undergraduate degrees in economics or the social sciences who wish to round out their background in quantitative topics that have a general and/or specific applicability.


At the conclusion of the Summer Schools, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. All Barcelona GSE courses require an average of twice the lecture hours for readings, pre-readings and class preparation. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.

Last updated Jan 2020

About the School

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is an institution for scientific cooperation for research and graduate education in economics and the social sciences. ... Read More

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is an institution for scientific cooperation for research and graduate education in economics and the social sciences. It was founded in July 2006 by four academic institutions (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, CSIC and CREI) whose reputations, faculty, and resources underpin the School and its activities. The Barcelona GSE is also supported by six private institutions: The Agbar Group, AXA Reseach Fund, Banc Sabadell, Caixa de Catalunya savings bank, "la Caixa" savings bank, and the FemCAT Foundation, as well as by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Catalan Government and the Barcelona City Council. It also receives significant funding from the "Consolider-Ingenio 2010" initiative of the Spanish Government, launched to promote research excellence. Read less