Economic and social data analysis masterclass

Level 1, Cloisters,
863 Hay Street,
Perth, WA, 6000
WhenWednesday 29 June and Thursday 30 June, 9.00am - 4.30pm

Please note registrations are now closed for this masterclass. If you would still like to register or have any questions, please email bcec@curtin.edu.au or ring +618 9266 2873.

Learn with Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

We’re excited to announce the brand new Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre executive education masterclass on economic and social data analysis, led by BCEC Director Professor Alan Duncan.

BCEC Executive Education: Economic and social data analysis is a practical introduction to the most common applied quantitative and statistical methods for business, economic and social data analysis.

This course will equip you with the quantitative skills to support data-driven business decisions and evidence-based policy making.

Who is the program for?

This course is designed for public policy professionals, analysts from the private and community sectors, academics and social scientists, early career researchers, as well as Honours and postgraduate research students.

Learning outcomes

  • The use (and power) of descriptive statistics
  • Graphical methods for economic and social data analysis
  • The application of linear regression
  • Practical model specification
  • Interpretation and communication of regression results
  • Choosing the most appropriate statistical approach to explore business problems, or economic or social issues

The workshop will also touch briefly on some generalisations to the basic linear regression model.

Click here to see the program schedule.

Date and time

9.00am – 4.30pm, 29-30 June 2022

Course delivery

This course will be delivered in person at the ATI-Mirage offices in the Perth CBD, in alignment with COVID-safe best practice.


Standard Registration
$1,750 incl GST

Students and Not-For-Profits
$1,250 incl GST

Please note the cost includes catering.

More about the course

Economic and social data analysis 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 poverty? What factors drive business revenues or profits?

The course 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.

Got a question?

For any questions, please contact us via email on bcec@curtin.edu.au or ring us on +618 9266 1744.

Course resources

Specific instruction in the use of the STATA statistical analysis software package is provided, along with a full set of course resources used throughout the workshop, including practical exercises, course notes, STATA programs and example data. Participants will be able to adapt these resources to suit their own research needs.

About the facilitator

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.