The course provides the main econometric tools to develop, based on the available data, an empirical analysis on the relationship between economic variables and to correctly interpret and use the results obtained. In fact, many economic decisions require quantitative answers to quantitative questions, and decisions based on empirical evidence are generally considered more helpful and effective. The course uses a scientific language based on deductive reasoning. Technical aspects of econometrics, however, will be introduced only when necessary, whereas key attention will be given to the development of an intuitive comprehension of the material, in such a way to allow for an effective and creative use of the acquired knowledge. At the end of the course the student is expected to (a) have critical skills with respect to empirical applications made by others and (b) be able to autonomously set up and run empirical analyses in the broad areas of economics and finance.