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.

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.
  • PhD 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.

Course schedule for 2017

The schedule of the Barcelona Microeconometrics Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in all courses offered. However, courses can also be taken individually.


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

Course descriptions

All courses include 10 hours of lecture time and five hours of practical time. You may apply for one or more of the following courses. Click to view descriptions and instructor biographies:

Program director

Sergi Jiménez-Martín

PhD, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

UPF and Barcelona GSE

Applications are now closed.

Registration has ended for the 2017 edition of this program.

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