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LUBS5953M Empirical Methods for Accounting & Finance Research

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Jie Chen

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module introduces key concepts in statistics and how these concepts apply to commonly used models in empirical Accounting and Finance research. Materials in lectures would build on concepts from previous lectures. Emphasis is placed on the application of the models in empirical research drawing on examples from research papers.


This module provides the foundations for students to understand and apply key econometric concepts and commonly used methodologies in leading empirical Accounting and Finance research.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module, students will be able to:
- demonstrate understanding of the econometric concepts behind models commonly used in empirical Accounting and Finance research
- critically apply these tools to design research questions applicable to their discipline
- identify and critically evaluate the different models used in existing empirical research


- Introduction to Statistics and Simple Ordinary Least Squares
- Multiple Ordinary Least Squares
- Functional Forms and Other Linear Models
- Introduction to Endogeneity & Experimental Design
- Panel Data, Sample Selection & Matching
- Instrumental Variables
- Difference-in-Difference Estimation
- Other Research Designs

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours130.00
Total Contact hours20.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

This could include a variety of activities, such as reading, watching videos, question practice and exam preparation.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Your teaching methods could include a variety of delivery models, such as face-to-face teaching, live webinars, discussion boards and other interactive activities. There will be opportunities for formative feedback throughout the module.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
ReportAssignment 1 (3000 words, 100%) to be submitted approximately at the end of Semester 2. Students would be required to critically review methodologies of research papers relevant to their chosen doctoral topic using tools developed in the course100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit will be by 100% coursework

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 23/08/2022


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