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Einrichtungen >> Fakultät Sozial- und Wirtschaftswissenschaften >> Bereich Soziologie >> Lehrstuhl für Soziologie, insbes. Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung >>

  Fortgeschrittene Analysemethoden der quantitativen Sozialforschung: Propensity Score Matching using Stata

Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel

Zeit und Ort: Einzeltermin am 27.4.2017 8:00 - 10:00, RZ/00.05; Einzeltermin am 11.5.2017, Einzeltermin am 18.5.2017 14:00 - 20:00, RZ/00.06; Einzeltermin am 22.6.2017 14:00 - 16:00, RZ/00.06; Einzeltermin am 20.7.2017 14:00 - 20:00, RZ/00.06; Bemerkung zu Zeit und Ort: Einführungsveranstaltung: 27.04.2017 (08-10 Uhr)

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches
Students are required to be familiar with
  • the statistics package Stata
  • multiple linear and binary logistic regression analysis
Moreover, it is recommended that students are familiar with the contents of our lectures/seminars in research design at BA or MA level (i.e. basic knowledge of the counterfactual model of causality and issues in cross-sectional and longitudinal designs).

It is not necessary to register for the seminar in advance (e.g. via FlexNow, via email, etc.). More information about the course and registration guidelines will only be provided during the first seminar session.

Module-related examination: Seminar thesis (time: 3 months); could be either written in English or German

Learning targets: After successfully completing the seminar participants are able to explain the logic of the counterfactual model of causality and apply directed acyclic graphs (DAGs). They can conduct theory-driven empirical research using the method of Propensity Score Matching (PSM). Specifically, they know how to specify the propensity score according to the ideas of modern causal analysis, how to implement and choose between different matching algorithms, how to perform balancing tests of observed control variables and sensitivity analysis simulating the influence of an unobserved factor, and how to correctly interpret and present the empirical results of PSM. They are also able to combine PSM with a difference-in-differences (DID) approach.

Course contents: Estimating causal effects is a central aim of quantitative empirical analysis in social sciences. In the recent social science literature, new methods of modern causal analysis have become more and more popular. This seminar provides an introduction to one of these methods: Propensity Score Matching (PSM). First, the counterfactual model of causality will be discussed, which has become the backbone of modern causal analysis in social sciences. Moreover, directed acyclic graphs (DAGs) will be applied because they offer an illustrative graphical approach to the problem of causal inference. Then, applying their knowledge of the counterfactual model and DAGs, participants will learn how to implement the different steps of PSM. Specifically, it will be explained how to estimate the propensity score choosing the appropriate control variables, how to implement and choose between different matching algorithms and how to test whether PSM succeeded in balancing the observed control variables. The different steps will be applied based on real-world data in computer lab sessions. In addition, sensitivity analysis simulating the influence of an unobserved factor will be introduced that can strengthen the claims made with PSM. Moreover, for prospective or retrospective longitudinal data, PSM can be combined with a difference-in-differences (DID) approach. The so called PSM-DID approach is able to eliminate unobserved time-constant individual effects and unobserved common baseline time trends. Participants will learn how to implement the PSM-DID approach.

Zusätzliche Informationen
Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 25

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