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240090 UE MM1 - Methods of Quantitative Research in Development Studies (2021S)

Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 30 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Die LV startet digital und wird, wenn es die Covid-Bestimmungen wieder zulassen, auf Vor-Ort umgestellt.

Monday 08.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 15.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 22.03. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 12.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 19.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 26.04. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 03.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 10.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 17.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 31.05. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Monday 07.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 14.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 21.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00
Monday 28.06. 09:45 - 11:15 Digital
Seminarraum 6, Kolingasse 14-16, EG00


Aims, contents and method of the course

This is an introduction to applied statistics. The main goal of the course is for students to develop the necessary foundations and skills to implement quantitative empirical research independently. Students are required to make "hands-on" applications of the material studied in the course.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students will be marked according to 3 different homeworks (20% each) and a final project (40%). Failure to hand in any of these implies a negative evaluation of the course.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Students should prove a good command (at least 50%) of each topic of the course.

Examination topics

There are no exams. The course’s main topics are descriptive statistics, probability, random variables, inference, regression analysis.

Reading list

The course has been prepared with two textbooks:

Newbold, Carlson and Thorne (2013): Statistics for Business and Economics, Pearson, 8th edition, (NCT)

Shafer and Zhang (2012): Beginning Statistics (legally available online for free), (SZ)

I. Introduction

William Easterly (2009): "The Anarchy of Success," The New York Review of Books, 56(15), October.
SZ: Chapter 1

II. Descriptive statistics

NCT: Chapters 1 and 2.
SZ: Chapter 2

III. Probability

NCT: Chapter 3.
SZ: Chapter 3

IV. Random variables

NCT: Chapters 4-6.
SZ: Chapters 4-6

V. Inference

NCT: Chapters 7-10.
SZ: Chapters 7-9

VI. Regression Analysis

NCT: Chapters 11-13.
SZ: Chapter 10

Miguel Niño-Zarazúa (2012): “Quantitative Analysis in Social Sciences: A Brief Introduction for Non-Economists,” manuscript, WIDER.

Association in the course directory


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