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Quantitative Data Analysis

Archive StampAdvanced Seminar Communication Economics

Dr. Jonathan Beck, Dr. Jörg Claussen, Christian Peukert

Course Overview

Handling large amounts of data and using it to generate knowledge poses both a challenge and an opportunity for academics and managers alike. Knowledge about quantitative methods is therefore important not only for writing theses, but is also becoming increasingly important for future career building.
This seminar aims to provide you with knowledge and experience in quantitative data analysis. It will provide an overview on different quantitative methods, before students apply these methods hands-on while preparing their seminar papers. A second goal is to learn how to critically read data to discover and correct inconsistencies. Students will work on several firm-level data sets on information and communication technologies that will be prepared and analyzed using the statistical software STATA.

Course Structure

The seminar will begin with a two day kickoff session, where the lecturers will introduce students to the setting, recap some empirical methods and introduce the statistical software STATA. Students will work on topics in groups of two and will regularly meet witha supervisor. After four weeks, students will present their preliminary results and then write up their results in a seminar paper.



  • The course is taught in English
  • The term paper will serve for admission to writing a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO
  • Max. number of participants: 20
  • To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and an e-mail motivating your application to Christian Peukert (E-Mail schicken an
  • By attending the kickoff session, you are bindingly enrolled for the seminar; please note the remarks of the examination board (Prüfungsausschuss)


  • Presentation + term paper [please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (PDF - 205 kB)]
  • 6 ECTS in modules V or VII (PO 06) respectively M-BWL (PO 08)
Venues: Monday, 24.10.2011, 9:00 am-6:00 pm, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff I)
Tuesday, 25.10.2011, 11:00 am-4:00 pm, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff II)
Tuesday, 29.11.2011, 12:00-6:00 pm, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations)
Deadlines: Monday, 17.10.2011 (Application)
Thursday, 22.12.2011 (Term paper)