Regional Training Course (Summer School) on Applied Econometric Analysis was held on June 4-14, at Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT). The Summer School is organized by International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and WIUT for young economists and researchers. The aim of the Summer School was to strengthen the capacity of young economists in Central Asia, specifically those of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, for quantitative research, economic policy analysis, and, in particular, for econometric analysis of socioeconomic phenomena in the context of economics and related social sciences.
Researchers were involved from both sides, including Katrina Kosec-senior research fellow of IFPRI. Katrina Kosec held several sessions at the school, particularly, “Writing and publishing in Economics”, that captured strategic choices that people can make in order to publish their research and a writing compelling research that is cited. Moreover, she expressed her opinion about our students and a group, faculty’s quality, as gifted, curious, talented, and of high intellectual curiosity. "It has been lots of good engagement with the students, and that it was very nice to be able to work with them, replicating some analysis and talking about research-she says".
Participants of the school are chosen on competitive basis, through sending an application, their CVs and Personal Statements. The school covers the transportation costs of the students from other countries and regions.
The emphasis of the Summer School Program was made on identifying causal relationships using modern tools and techniques of applied econometric analysis. When necessary, the program also covered mathematical foundations of modern econometrics. Students of the Summer School Program learned to:
- identify research niche and develop research questions;
- do empirical data analysis and build robust econometric models;
- detect causality in cross–sectional, time-series and longitudinal (panel) data settings;
- address endogeneity and heterogeneity issues in empirical studies;
- interpret results of empirical research and make a causal inference;
- publish research papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
Classes of the Summer School Program were held at WIUT premises in Tashkent, with sessions combining applied and empirical analyses with statistical packages such as Stata in computer-labs. All classes were conducted in English by IFPRI senior researchers and WIUT faculty members with experience in modern research in economics.
The most promising researchers among the participants of the Summer School may be invited, on a competitive basis, to IFPRI headquarters in Washington, D.C. for a research internship.