Amrita Center for Economics and Governance (ACEG), Amritapuri, in association with ACRD and in collaboration with The Indian Econometric Society and RMIT University, School of Economics, Finance & Marketing, Melbourne, Australia, will organize a workshop on Microeconometric Techniques and Survey Data from June 19 - 21, 2018.

Venue: Amritapuri Campus, Clappana PO, Kollam (Kerala)

Resource Persons

Amrita Center for Economics & Governance; Madras School of Economics; Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Mumbai; RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia)

Important Dates

  • Last Date for Receiving Applications: May 25, 2018
    (to be sent to Dr Yeti Nisha Madhoo) 
    (Late submissions may be considered in exceptional cases)
  • Confirmation of Admission: May 30, 2018

About the Workshop

The emerging trend in empirical research is to utilize field level data to validate, and alternatively to challenge the conventional wisdom. This program is designed as a workshop to help young scholars and professionals develop research capability by acquiring analytical skills in econometric techniques and applications to deal with survey data. It will also develop technical competence about the gathering of data in a variety of forms and the presentation and processing of those data with a view to supporting some key hypotheses and stylized facts. The coverage of the workshop is spread over mainstream economic theories and quantitative research practice.

About Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Amrita is again the top private University in India for the second consecutive year and is the only private university in the Top 10. Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, which is only 15 years old, has emerged as the 8th best university in the NIRF Ranking 2018 for Indian Universities that was released by the Minister of Human Resource Development, Government of India.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, with 20,000 students and 1800+ faculty (including about 200 international faculty), is a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary research university that is accredited with ‘A’ grade by NAAC and also ranked high by international ranking agencies such as THE, QS, etc. The University is currently spread across five campuses in three states of India – Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka, with the University headquarters at Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. The foundation stone for its upcoming campuses at Delhi and Amaravati have been laid recently.

Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham continuously collaborates with top US institutions including Ivy League universities and top European universities for regular student exchange programs and has emerged as one of the fastest growing institutions of higher learning in India. The University is managed by the Mata Amritanandamayi Math.

About Amrita Center for Economics & Governance

Amrita Center for Economics & Governance (ACEG) is a multi-disciplinary research network with focus on economic analysis of development episodes and design and evaluation of innovative public policies and governance regimes. The recent revival of interest among economists in public policy and governance is not random; it has deep theoretical underpinnings. New growth economists have challenged the market driven predictions of neoclassical economists that countries will converge in growth and income distribution. So the current conventional wisdom stemming from the ground reality seems to be that the complexity of economic and social regress can be better explained by understanding the dynamics and constraints of domestic policies and institutions in the global context. The idea to develop a research center focusing on dynamics of development and various aspects of economic and social performance emerged in 2014 when economists and finance analysts at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham Faculty of Management scattered over 4 campuses of the institution started participating in collaborative research on thematic issues. In addition to in-house researchers, international experts in the field also expressed interest in this research endeavour. Besides promoting and disseminating applied research on development and policy, capacity building through professional education for researchers and public policymakers has been considered a vital engagement for the center in the medium term.

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About The Indian Econometric Society

The Indian Econometric Society (TIES) is a registered society under Public Societies Registration Act, formed in 1960. It is one of the oldest and the largest body of professional econometricians and quantitative economists with more than 2000 members from all over India and abroad. TIES organises annual conference where experts from all over India and abroad participate and deliberate on various issues. The 54th Annual Conference of the Indian Econometric Society was held at Shri Mata Vishnodevi University, Katra, Jammu, from 7th to 9th March, 2018. TIES also publishes ‘Journal of Quantitative Economics’.

About RMIT University, Australia

RMIT is a global university of technology, design and enterprise.

One of Australia's original tertiary institutions, RMIT University enjoys an international reputation for excellence in professional and vocational education, applied research, and engagement with the needs of industry and the community.

RMIT is a world leader in Art and Design; Architecture; Education; Engineering; Development; Computer Science and Information Systems; Business and Management; and Communication and Media Studies.


  • Develop the ability to design research studies using various research methodologies and methods of data collection through surveys.
  • Develop a basic understanding of the proper use of various microeconometric techniques and related research tools.
  • Develop the competence to critically evaluate public and non-governmental programmes in terms of treatment effects.

Target Groups

MPhil/ Ph.D. research scholars, academic staff members and research analysts in the public and private sectors willing to develop the competency in research methodology skills will constitute the target beneficiaries. Although the sessions are geared towards the research needs of socioeconomic and management disciplines, research scholars in other fields, namely technology, agriculture and environmental sciences may also gain from the lectures and workshop sessions.

Lecture and Workshop Methodology

This learning cum practice-oriented program is designed to be highly participatory. Lecture sessions will be followed by workshop sessions. The latter will comprise various learning tools and devices, hands-on computer packages, problems and empirical exercises.

Certificate of Attendance

The participants will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance on the completion of the workshop with appropriate acknowledgment of the academic support from Indian Econometric Society.

Focus of the Workshop

  • Survey Data: Weighting: Clustering and Stratification
  • Models with Qualitative Data
  • Regression Discontinuity Designs
  • Difference-in-Differences and Panel Data Models
  • Programme Evaluation and Treatment Effects
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Hands-on with STATA and Other Software

Registration  (Maximum Intake 20)

Fees Structure: (for 3 days, June 19-21 2018)

  • Outstation Participants: Rs 1,500 (includes boarding and lodging)
  • Local Participants: Rs 750 (includes working lunch and tea/coffee)
  • Corporate & Government Delegates: Rs 5,000 (includes boarding and lodging)

GST will be charged on the fees as applicable

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How to Reach the Venue

Nearest Railway and Bus station: Kayamkulam (15 Kilometres) and Karunagpally (10 Kilometres) (between Kochi and Trivandrum)

Airport: Kochi Airport (145 kilometers), Trivandrum Airport (110 Kilometres)

Tentative Schedule of Sessions (19-21 June, 2018)

Tuesday 19 June
9:00–9:15 Registration
9:15–9:45 Inaugural Session
9:45–10:00 Tea/Coffee Break
10:00–11:30 Session 1: Data Generating Process and Modelling with Qualitative Survey Data (Dr Shyam Nath, ACEG, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
11:30–11:45 Tea Break
11:45–13:15 Session 2: Hands on with STATA: Binary Response Models (Dr Sougata Ray, DOM, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
13:15–14:15 LUNCH BREAK
14:15–15:45 Session 3: Program Evaluation and Treatment Effects (Dr Yeti N Madhoo, ACEG, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
15:45–16:00 Tea Break
16:00–17:30 Session 4: Randomized Control Trials using STATA (Dr Yeti N Madhoo, ACEG, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham)
Wednesday 20 June
9:00–10:30 Session 1: Sample Design - Propensity Score Matching (Dr S Chandrasekhar, IGIDR, Mumbai)
10:30–10:45 Tea Break
10:45–12:15 Session 2: Diff-in-Diff Method (Dr S Chandrasekhar, IGIDR, Mumbai)
12:15–12:30 LUNCH BREAK
12:30–14:00 Session 3: Panel Models with Survey Data – Hands on with STATA (Dr S Chandrasekhar, IGIDR, Mumbai)
14:00–15:15 Tea Break
15:15–17:30 Interactive session
21 June
9:30–11:00 Session 1: Regression Discontinuity (Dr Vijayamohanan Pillai N, CDS, Thiruvananthapuram)
11:00–11:15 Tea Break
11:15–12:45 Session 2: Regression Discontinuity using STATA (Dr Vijayamohanan Pillai N, CDS, Thiruvananthapuram)
12:45–13:45 LUNCH BREAK
13:45–15:15 Session 3: DEA & Hands on Econometric Software (Dr. K. Pushpangadan, Gulati Institute of Finance & Taxation, Thiruvananthapuram)
15:15–15:30 Tea Break
15:30–17:00 Session 4: Endogeneity in Survey Data and Hands on with STATA (Dr Sefa Churchill, RMIT University, Australia)
17:00 Concluding Remarks

Dr. Rameshwar Ture

Assistant Professor
Department of Management
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Goutam Sutar

Assistant Professor
Department of Management
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Dr. Sougata Ray

Assistant Professor
Department of Management and Adjunct Faculty
Amrita Center for Economics & Governance
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham


Mr. Baiju Sankar
0476 280 8117
+91 9947 0473 94

Application along with short Bio and usefulness of the workshop to be submitted to:

Dr. Yeti Nisha Madhoo
Amrita Center for Economics & Governance,
Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Event Details
2018-06-19 09:00 to 2018-06-21 16:00
Amrita Center for Economics & Governance (ACEG)