Capacity building is an ongoing process for the individuals and organisations to identify and meet the developmental challenges in a most effective way. Expertise in Quantitative Research Techniques is most vital for R&D in the fields of economics, commercial & trade policy, management & social sciences. Much quantitative skills and techniques are required in carrying out Business and Management Research, Economics & Financial Modeling and International Trade Modeling have led PITAD to come up with this initiative of Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Applied Quantitative Research Techniques. This aims at helping the researchers and decision makers to improve their quantitative skills to produce high quality research publications at local and international level.
PGD program is composed of Four (04) courses, QRT-Basic (Essential Statistics for Business and Management Research), QRT-1(Quantitative Techniques for Business and Management Research), QRT-2 (Modeling Economic and Financial Time Series) and QRT-3 (Modeling International Trade).
The main objective of PGD is to carry out methodological research work smoothly and exercise it on repetitive basis, aiming to bridge the gap between research and practice, and contribute to evidence based practice in the areas of commercial & trade policy, economics, management and social sciences. PITAD is committed to build an overall research capacity of human resource working in various organisations. The program is designed to develop and enhance the tailor-made techniques urgently required for research work and a comprehensive set of tools for future research endeavors.
Diploma will be awarded to those participants, who will be able to successfully complete four courses. In case, at the completion of diploma, those who will not be able to fulfill the requirements of PGD, will be awarded with the certificates.
In building up the knowledge base, PITAD has affirmed its effort to start with QRT-Basic and provide an excellent opportunity to the researchers to know the validity and volatility of the early indicators given by statistical offices to monitor the business cycle and to foster evidence based decisions of government organisations and business enterprises. As for quantitative research, it is imperative to know the pre-conditions, the limitations, the concepts and methods as well as the international standards to produce the official statistics, such as National Accounts, Balance of Payments, Price Indices, Government Financial Statistics and Monetary Statistics.
In QRT-One, SPSS will be used as Quantitative Research Tool. This course will include the concepts of report generation, descriptive statistics, measures of mean differences, measures of association and regression analysis, factor analysis, reliability analysis, non-parametric tests and structural equation modeling.
QRT-Two is composed of Time Series Data Analysis using Eviews software. It will cover the selected contents of time series robustness, assumptions and verification of time series validity through ADF test and DW test, modeling volatility by incorporating ARCH, GARCH, EGARCH, TARCH and TGARCH models
on trade and macro-economic data, multi-equation time series analysis and long & short-term relationships of time series through applications of OLS, GLS, Co- integration, Granger Bi-Causality and Error Correction Methods.
QRT-Three will offer Quantitative Research Techniques for Trade and International Finance. It will be very focused and advanced certificate course, covering all methodological issues in domestic and international commerce. Specifically, this certification will cover the quantification of commercial policies, application of social accounting matrices, trade-focused general equilibrium models, multi-region trade modeling, scale economies and imperfect competition, capital accumulation in trade models and trade wars, negotiations and applied game theory.