GV4G1 Half Unit
Applied Quantitative Methods for Political Science
This information is for the 2015/16 session.
Dr Valentino Larcinese
This course is available on the MRes Political Science and MSc in Political Science and Political Economy. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.
A good knowledge of statistics and of the generalized linear model at the level of MI452.
This course provides an introduction to current empirical research in political science with a focus on methods for causal inference. The lectures will present the techniques and illustrate their applications by making extensive use of the most up-to-date empirical literature. The seminars (tutorials) will be conducted in a computer room and will provide an opportunity to learn how to apply the methods with the statistical software Stata. After reviewing the rationale for simple OLS estimation, particularly focussing on the conditions for a causal interpretation of the coefficients, the course will cover matching estimators, instrumental variables, panel data, differences-in-differences, regression discontinuity, quantile regression. Students will be stimulated to think in experimental terms and the main theme will be how to replicate or get close to the experimental ideal of natural sciences by using non-experimental observational data..
20 hours of lectures in the LT.
There will be two pieces of formative work to be submitted collectively to the lecturer in the form of short essays. Students will be divided into groups of 4-5 people (groups change each time). Each group will receive a dataset and will be asked to use some specific methods to answer an assigned question.
Most readings will be journal articles. The main references for the methods will be:
Thad Dunning: Natural experiments in the social sciences, Cambridge University Press 2012
Angrist & Pischke: Mostly Harmless Econometrics, Princeton University Press 2009.
Stock & Watson: Introduction to Econometrics, Pearson 2007 (Second edition)
Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.
Total students 2014/15: Unavailable
Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable
Controlled access 2014/15: No
Value: Half Unit