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Advanced methods of multilevel analysis and international comparison: Multilevel analysis using comparative micro data

Prof. Dr. Michael Gebel, Dr. Peter Valet

4,00 SWS
Zeit und Ort: Mi 8:00 - 12:00, RZ/00.06; Einzeltermin am 22.8.2018 8:00 - 12:00, RZ/00.06

Voraussetzungen / Organisatorisches
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.

Students have to be familiar with the contents of the compulsory lecture Research design and multiple linear and binary logistic regression analysis. Moreover, students are required to be familiar with the statistics package Stata. These skills could either be acquired or refreshed in self-studies or by attending an additional compact tutorial course (This was offered at the beginning of the winter term)

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

Learning targets: The central aim of this course is to empower participants to critically discuss basic concepts and assumptions of multilevel analyses using comparative micro data, to conduct theory-driven empirical research, to choose and specify the appropriate models according to the ideas of modern causal analysis and taking the levels and scales of measurement of variables into account, to independently carry out multilevel analyses using the statistics package Stata, to correctly interpret the results and clearly present the results of multilevel analyses in tables and graphs.

Course contents: Multilevel analysis has been especially applied for the case of many clusters and few observations in each cluster, i.e. in education research on pupils nested in classes and schools. However, multilevel analysis is more and more often used in international comparative social research. Following the latter comparative research tradition, this course is devoted to the specific problem of a small number of countries and large numbers of observed individuals in each country. This course quickly repeats the foundations of multiple regression analysis, introduces the basics of multilevel analysis and focuses on advanced topics of multilevel analysis. Models for metric and binary dependent variables are presented. Moreover, it is discussed how many and which kind of macro level variables should be included to account for the macro context. A specific focus is on the specification and interpretation of cross-level interactions. Regarding estimation current debates on two-step versus simultaneous estimations are highlighted. In lab sessions participants will learn how to practically implement multilevel analyses of comparative microdata using the statistics package Stata. The lab sessions and the seminar theses will draw on topical sociological questions and data of the European Social Survey (ESS).

Englischsprachige Informationen:
Credits: 12

Zusätzliche Informationen
Erwartete Teilnehmerzahl: 30

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