The Top Free Online Econometrics Courses

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The Top Free Online Econometrics Courses

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With university doors firmly shut, and no indication when they may reopen, educators are becoming increasingly creative with their methods of teaching. Necessity, as we know, breeds innovation. Although, the shift toward online learning pre-dates the coronavirus, its spread is really speeding up the process. With each passing day, more and more courses can now be found on online, allowing students to continue with their studies, albeit from the comfort of their own home. (For advice on how to deal with studying from home click here.)  The courses listed here don't require enrolment in an institution, and are all free of charge. Yep, it's free learning! So, no matter where you are (in your home) - at your kitchen table, armchair, or even in bed - you can have econometrics taught to you by some of the top professors, hailing from some of the world's leading universities, ALL for free! Yes, maybe we could all get used to this!

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The courses here are all econometrics related, but range in content from general overview courses, to an introduction to computational finance, all the way to asset pricing.  All the courses are available in English and are targeted various different levels of study, so no matter where you are in your studies, whether you are doing a bachelor's or PhD, you should find something of interest. While some are open tutorials available at any time of the year, others have opening and closing dates for participation. Go on use your time productively and make sure when universities do reopen you are ahead of the game!

1. Methods and Applications

  • Course Provider:  Erasmus University Rotterdam/Coursera
  • Duration: 8 weeks
  • Background needed: The course is suitable for (advanced undergraduate) students in economics, finance, business, engineering, and data analysis, as well as for those who work in these fields.

    2. Enjoyable Econometrics

    • Course Provider: Coursera
    • Duration: 2/3 weeks
    • Background needed: Introductory course, no experience required.

    3. Industrial Organization: Strategy and Competition in Business

    • Course Provider: National Research University Higher School of Economics / Coursera
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Background needed: An understanding of basic economic modeling, knowledge of intermediate microeconomics (especially production/cost theory), knowledge of basic concepts and methodologies of game theory, intermediate econometrics and basic calculus.

    4. Introduction to Computational Finance and Financial Econometrics

    • Course Provider: University of Washington / Coursera
    • Duration: 10 weeks
    • Background needed: Introductory course, no experience required.

    5. Econometrics

    • Course Provider:  MIT
    • Duration: Self Paced
    • Background needed: Completed introductory course to statistics in economics. Students should be familiar with basic concepts in probability theory and statistical inference.

    Free Online Courses in Econometrics6. Econometrics MOOC

    • Course Provider: Econometrics Academy
    • Duration: 6-15 weeks
    • Background needed: Knowledge of Stata, R, or SAS, and Linear Regression Models

      7. Mathematical Methods for Quantitative Finance

      • Course Provider: University of Washington / Classcentral
      • Duration: 8 weeks
      • Background needed: Entry-level college calculus courses, including an introduction to multivariable differential calculus.

      8. Discrete Choice Methods with Simulation

      • Course Provider: Berkeley
      • Duration: 12 weeks
      • Background needed: Knowledge of statistical methods and software such as MATLAB.

      9. Explaining the Core Theories of Econometrics 

      • Course Provider: Udemy
      • Duration: Self Paced
      • Background needed: Introductory course, no experience required. (This is actually a paid course, but fairly cheap - at the time of writing it cost €11.99. Come on! For its quality, it's still a steal!)