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Quantitative Data Analysis

Advanced Seminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Prof. Dr. Thorsten Grohsjean, Virgilio Failla, Ph.D., Johanna Glauber, Pascal Kober, Philipp Staiger

Course Overview

Quantitative research, i.e. research that uses statistical methods to analyses large datasets, is one of the three pillars of modern science. Similarly, most decisions by firms are nowadays based on information from large datasets gathered and analyzed either internally by a firm or externally by a contracted agency. However, just analyzing data is insufficient in both academia and industry. The second important task for researchers and practitioners is to build a clear and convincing argument why their analysis is important and interesting. This seminar aims at teaching you both skills, analyzing data and theoretical reasoning. These skills are fundamental for writing a final theses and career building. The seminar will provide an overview on structuring theoretical arguments and different quantitative methods, before students apply both to examples in the different sessions. Finally, students will use their acquired knowledge and skills to develop their seminar papers using datasets from the institute and the statistical software STATA.

Course Structure

The seminar will begin with two kickoff sessions, where the lecturers will introduce students to research, explain theoretical reasoning and recap some empirical methods. This is followed by four 1.5 hour introductory sessions to the statistical software STATA. In the following two weeks students will practice their theoretical reasoning in two sessions, dedicated to show the detailed structure of an introduction and a theoretical argument. After six weeks, students will present their preliminary results and afterwards write up their results in a seminar paper. Students will meet regularly with a supervisor over the course of the semester.

Application

To apply, please send your CV, a recent transcript and a brief e-mail motivating your application to Pascal Kober (p.kober@lmu.de) by 01.08.2014 (confirmation of participation: 15.08.2014). Students have to confirm their participation by 19.08.2014. Unconfirmed seminar spots will be handed to other students. Once confirmed you are bindingly enrolled into the seminar. Please note that we will give preference to students how have successfully passed our course Management and Economics of Network Industries.

Organization

General

  • The course is held in English
  • Attendance to all sessions of the course is mandatory
  • This seminar qualifies for a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO according to the examination regulations (107 kB)
  • Participating students will be served preferentially regarding a Bachelor thesis at the ISTO
  • The number of participants is limited to 20
Dates Monday, 06.10.2014, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff session I)
Tuesday, 07.10.2014, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Kickoff session II)
Monday, 13.10-2014, 10:00-11:30, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Stata session I)
Tuesday, 14.10-2014, 10:00-11:30, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Stata session II)
Thursday, 16.10-2014, 10:00-11:30, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Stata session III)
Friday, 17.10-2014, 10:00-11:30, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Stata session IV)
Monday, 20.10-2014, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Intro session)
Monday, 27.10-2014, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Theory session)
Monday, 17.11.2014, 09:00-13:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations I)
Tuesday, 18.11.2014, 09:00-13:00, Schackstr. 4/III, Room 307 (Student presentations II)
Deadlines Sunday, 01.08.2014 (Application)
Friday, 19.12.2014 (Term paper)
Credits 6 ECTS in M/F-BWL
Examination Presentation
Term paper [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]

Further Information

Pascal Kober, Phone: +49 (0) 89 / 2180 - 5696, p.kober@lmu.de