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Learning Outcomes

The Econometrics course introduces students to the basic econometric methods necessary to quantify the relationships between two or more variables. Specifically, students learn to:

  • evaluate quantitative models of economic relations,
  • interprete (in economic terms) statistical results resulting from the use of econometric methods in economic models and
  • forecast (introduction) economic variables based on a given econometric model

It is the basic quantitative course that links Statistics, Mathematics and Economic Theory.

Upon successful completion of the course the student will be able to:

  • Recognize simple and multiple linear regression as a tool for analyzing economic data (cross-section and time series)
  • use Excel at an introductory level for econometric analysis
  • provide interpretation and critical evaluation of econometric analysis results
  • perform basic model validation procedures in the context of single or multiple linear regression
  • read and understand reports and published empirical work that uses the concepts and methods introduced in the class
  • use econometric models in academic work
  • present technical results in a clear and comprehensible manner

Course Contents

  • Lecture 1 - 2: Definition of econometrics, Data types, Cross section data, Time series data, Panel data. Introductory statistical concepts: random variables, expected value, variance, covariance, correlation, estimators.
  • Lectures 3 - 4: Causality and spurious Correlations, The Simple Bivariate regression model, Ordinary least squares Estimation Method, Sum of Squares Decomposition
  • Lecture 5 - 6: Statistical Induction in Simple Linear Model, Forecasting under the Simple Linear Regression Model
  • Lecture 7 - 8: Time as an explanatory variable, Logarithmic-log transformation, Logarithmic-linear transformation, Linear logarithmic transformation, Stationarity and and non-stationarity, Maximum likelihood method
  • Lecture 9 - 10 - 11: The multiple regression model, The Gauss-Markov theorem, Disturbance terms Variance estimator, Statistical induction in the multiple model, Multiple regression model fit criteria: Coefficient of Determination, Adjusted Coefficient of Determination, AIC and BIC information criteria, Interpretation of coefficients in multiple regression and partitioned regression, Model specification, Missing variables, Introduction of unnecessary variables, Multicollinearity, Dummy variables: Seasonality, Effects of Specific Exogenous Factors, Sequentially Continuous Functions
  • Lecture 12: Testing joint linear restrictions. F-tests.
  • Lecture 13: Tests for structural breaks: Chow predictive failure test, "Restricted regression" approach, Chow breakpoint test, Structural change tests when the change point is considered unknown

Teaching Activities

Lectures (3 hours per week) and Laboratory Exercises (1 hour per week)

Teaching Organization


Semester workload


39 hours(3x13)

Practice exercises focusing on the application of methodologies and analysis of case studies to small groups of students

13 hours (1x13)

Hours for private study of the student and preparation of home-works

98 hours



Total number of hours for the Course (25 hours of work-load per ECTS credit)

150 hours (total student work-load)


Ι. Written final exam in Greek language which includes multiple-choice questions with or without justification

ΙΙ. Optional individual (grade augmentation) projects that involve econometric exercises using Excel and / or gretl

Use of ICT

  • Support Learning through the e-class platform
  • Using Excel and the open-source program gretl for practice on all the taught techniques and the presentation of economic results

Course Info

Current Tutors


Venetis Ioannis

Associate Professor
Venetis Ioannis
Field of Expertise: 
Theoretical and Applied Econometrics with emphasis on time-series analysis (non-stationarity, non-linear models)
Organic Unit / Lab: 
Laboratory of Quantitative Economics and Information Systems
Office Hours: 
Wed 10:00 - 12:00
Thu 10:00 - 11:00

Reading List

Reading Recommendations: 
- Εισαγωγή στην Οικονομετρία, Stock H. James,Watson W. Mark ,επιμ.Πραγγίδης Ιωάννης-Χρυσόστομος,