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Quantitative Data Analysis

Archive StampAdvanced Seminar Strategy, Technology and Organization

Prof. Jörg Claussen, Virgilio Failla, Ph.D., 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 a kickoff session, where the lecturers will introduce students to research, explain theoretical reasoning and recap some empirical methods. This is followed by two 3 hour introductory sessions to the statistical software STATA. In the following week, students will practice their theoretical reasoning in a session 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.



  • The course language is English
  • Attendance to all sessions of the course except the STATA sessions 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
  • For questions please contact Philipp Staiger,

Monday, 12.10.2015, 09:00-18:00, Kaulbachstr. 45/II, Room 202 (Kickoff session)
Monday, 19.10.2015, STATA session, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4, Room 307
Tuesday, 20.10.2015, STATA session, 09:00-12:00, Schackstr. 4, Room 307
Monday, 26.10.2015, 9:00 – 12:00, Kaulbachstr. 45/II, Room 202 (How to write a paper)
Monday, 23.11.2015, 13:00-16:30, Schackstr. 4, Room 307 (Student Presentations)

Deadlines Friday, December 18.12.2015 (Term Paper), 12 noon
Credits 6 ECTS in M/F-BWL
Examination Presentation
Term paper [Please strictly adhere to our formal requirements (206 kB)]