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Economic and social data analysis



Cost: $1750 or $1250 for Curtin Students and NFP

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This two-day masterclass run by the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre provides course attendees with a practical introduction to the most common applied quantitative and statistical methods for business, economic and social data analysis. 

The course is designed to equip attendees with the quantitative skills that support data-driven business decisions and evidence-based policy making. 

The course is structured around a combination of accessible lecture-based instruction and practical computer exercises using real world datasets to illustrate techniques and approaches that support a better understanding of economic and social outcomes, for example: What are the key determinants of wages and hours decisions? What contributes most to the likelihood of experiencing of poverty? What factors drive business revenues or profits?

Instruction is delivered in a way that conveys an intuitive understanding of data analytical methods, with an emphasis on the interpretation and communication of results, and provides a series of tips and tricks for effective descriptive and statistical analysis without dwelling too heavily on theory or algebra. 

About the facilitators

John Curtin Distinguished Professor Alan Duncan

Professor Alan Duncan is Director of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre, and was previously Director of the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling and Head of the University of Nottingham’s School of Economics.

Professor Duncan’s research is motivated by a passion to influence public debates on economic and social issues. He has an established international reputation for academic scholarship in the development of econometric and policy evaluation methods, and their application to economic, social, health and public policy issues. He ranks among the top 5 per cent of economists worldwide, and was awarded the prestigious Frisch Medal of the Econometric Society in 2000 for the best applied economics article to be published in the world-leading journal Econometrica.

One of the most significant of Professor Duncan’s achievements has been the development of the Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre. The highly influential industry partnership with Bankwest has been an outstanding success. The partnership has delivered exceptional value, and is held in high regard by external stakeholders from politics, government, industry and the community sectors. A further agreement this year will extend Bankwest’s support for the Centre to 13 years of continuous funding – a testament to the unrivalled reputation the Centre has established as the State’s premier economic and social policy think tank.