This is Robert's teaching page. It should contain course descriptions for all lecture courses, some links to older material, and announcements that serve as a means of communicating short-run changes to course participants.


[Latest update 13/1/2021]

[Continuously under construction]

Courses in the winter semester 2020

General comment: Planning ahead for this semester is difficult because of the many uncertainties concerning the reaction of the university and of other institutions to the issue of a virus disease. I am trying to update this page according to the currently most probable situation.

040131 Introductory Econometrics


UK (4 hours per week, 8 ECTS)


Language of instruction: English


Time and location:


Monday, 9:45-11:15, Hörsaal 1, Oskar Morgenstern Platz

Wednesday, 9:45-11:15, Hörsaal 1, Oskar Morgenstern Platz


Starts: October 5, 2020


Specific comment: Unfortunately, all face-to-face teaching was stopped at the beginning of November. We continue via synchronous on-line teaching at the usual time units. Because teaching is on-line, we do not have to restrict ourselves to the units convened in U:Find, however, so all possible time slots are used, of course excepting no-teaching days and holidays. Two units must be reserved for the tests (midterm and final). Finals should happen, unless otherwise convened, in the last unit in January. The October course units have been recorded, with video recordings accessible to participants via Moodle.


Course description: The course introduces the most common statistical methods that are used in empirical economics. This includes linear regression (ordinary least squares, generalized least squares, instrumental variables) in static and dynamic equations and the corresponding hypothesis tests (restriction tests as well as diagnostic tests). The basic literature used for the course is Jeffrey M. Wooldridge: Introductory Econometrics (South-Western, 4th edition). The methods are highlighted in empirical applications using Stata.


Plan of the course: Assessment is based on two written tests and on assignments. Dates will be convened in class: first test will be on December 2, second test in the last unit in January. No alternative dates for these tests can be provided. Tests carry weights of 35 % each in the final grade. An additional 30 % of the final grade can be obtained from occasional homework assignments (each of them carries 10 %, and there may be more than three) that can be done in groups of up to three students. A positive grade requires at least 50 % of the score of 100 and attendance at the first written test. Dropping the course without a grade is only possible before the first written test.




040216 VO Macroeconomics (MA)


VO (2 hours per week, 4 ECTS)


Language of instruction: English


Time and location:

Monday, 13:15-14:45

Because of the current regulations, this course is done virtually (here, they call this “digitally”). During October, the was taught asynchronously. An asynchronous course consists of teaching material (videos and other files) that is made accessible to participants via Moodle, as the course progresses. From November, the course has been taught via synchronous teaching.


Starts: October 5, 2020


Course description: The course covers topics in the realm of macroeconomics that will help students understand and analyze the macroeconomic performance of countries both in the long run and at business-cycle frequencies.

This lecture course reviews material on macroeconomics that participants know from their bachelor studies and aims at deepening this knowledge. The textbook "Macroeconomics: Institutions, Instability, and the Financial System" (Wendy Carlin & David Soskice; Oxford University Press) serves as the main literature for this course. Topics to be covered are:


1.      The demand side of the economy

2.      The supply side of the economy

3.      Monetary policy and the three-equations model

4.      Banking and money

5.      The open economy

6.      Demand and supply in the open economy


Course descriptions for past semesters can be accessed by links beneath this line:


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Summer semester 2007                                 Winter semester 2006

Summer semester 2006                                 Winter semester 2005

Summer semester 2005                                 Winter semester 2004

Summer semester 2004                                 Winter semester 2003

Summer semester 2003                                 Winter semester 2002


Since 2012, course grades do not appear on these pages, for reasons of data protection. Participants are always informed via e-mail.


Grades from the era before 2012 can be accessed here.




Regarding the continuing coronavirus problem, of course I have to follow the rules and instructions that are being announced for the whole university. There are no regular office hours for the time being, physical meetings with students are discouraged, I suggest using skype. Whereas distance teaching can be an interesting challenge, distance examinations by construction do not really satisfy. I hope that tests and exams at the university location will be feasible in the next semester, but the outlook remains bleak for the current semester.


General information for all courses

If you have any paper material for me (such as homework assignments or forms), please leave it with our administration. Never leave any material with other faculty.


In case you cannot attend a test (not an exam; there are special regulations for no-show at exams) for important reasons or you are unable to be present at any other dated event within a course, please give me notice via e-mail immediately. I expect such notifications to arrive within three days after the event that you missed.


Course information for 040131 Introductory Econometrics


·         Since November 4, teaching has been done on-line via BigBlueButton. All material is available on the Moodle surface. There are also recordings for the October sessions. The BigBlueButton sessions are also recorded in principle, but the unit on November 11 was not recorded due to technical problems. As a consequence, we switched to Collaborate, which proved to work much better. Fortunately, currently I can teach from my office, which benefits the quality of the transmission.

·         The midterm test was on December 2; like all other tests currently, it was done on-line ‘digitally’. Also, role-model tests had been uploaded on Moodle. Results have been sent to participants.

·         Please note that the sequence of course units does not follow the pattern provided in u:space any more, as we do not need physical classrooms. Nonetheless, I will not teach beyond January 20, as participants may already have allotted their personal schedules accordingly. This final test uses course material that has been taught until (and including) January 13. The unit on January 18 is reserved for repetition.

·         The final test will be on January 20, 9:45-11:15am. This time slot follows the preferences of those participants who voted (thank you for voting). It will be another on-line test, just like the midterm test. Note that even the final test will not be an “exam”, no registration is required, there will not be any alternative dates.

·         The material on instrumental variables that had to be skipped this year is made available to participants via Moodle. It is not relevant for the final test.


Course information for 040216 Macroeconomics (MA)


·         Since November 9, teaching has been switched from asynchronous (voice-over) to synchronous via Blackboard Collaborate. Sessions are also recorded, so they can be watched later. All material is accessible to participants via the Moodle surface.

·         The first exam date will be on January 27. On advice from the study advisor, it has now been decided that this exam will be online only. Note that this is an exam, and you must register for the exam, the registration for the course does not suffice.

·         Three more exam dates will be provided, all in the summer semester (March to June 2021).


Link to course material for SS 2020, for reference


Link to course material for WS 2019, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2019, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2018, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2018, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2017, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2017, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2016, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2016, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2015, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2015, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2014, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2013, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2012, for reference


Link to course material from SS 2012, for reference


Link to course material from WS 2011, for reference

Link to course material for past courses, for reference