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Lehrende: Dr. Alexandros Tokhi

Veranstaltungsart: Kernseminar

Termin und Ort: folgt

Semester: Sommersemester 2017

Lehrsprache: Englisch

The Study of International Institutions with Quantitative Methods

Grundlegende Informationen

Lehrende: Dr. Alexandros Tokhi

Veranstaltungsart: Kernseminar

Termin und Ort: folgt

Semester: Sommersemester 2017

Lehrsprache: Englisch

Kursbeschreibung

The effects of political institutions are notoriously difficult to study, because institutions are hypothesized  to be endogenous to state interests and therefore their effects are often not separable from the conditions that led to their creation. Against this condition, the seminar addresses the question of how we might ascertain and analyze the independent effect of institutions on state behavior? Valid inferential research designs are critical in that respect. Accordingly, the goal of the seminar is to combine the theorization of institutional effects with the development of adequate quantitative research designs. In particular, students should develop a critical understanding of causal inference, quantitative methods, and their application in research on international institutions. The first part of the seminar is dedicated to studying the fundamentals of causal inferences and research designs. The second part introduces students to regression methods and gives an overview of the various analytical methods and the basic intuition guiding their uses. Building upon this methodological reading familiarity, the third part deals with institutional theory and a discussion and institutional effects. The last part will review existing quantitative contributions. Students are expected to read all assignments, actively participate in class, and write a term paper. While certainly useful, no prior knowledge of quantitative methods is required as this is not a method class in the narrow sense.