Short Course B: Research Designs and Causal Inference
Prof. Dr. Stefanie Eifler, Dr. Heinz Leitgöb
Date: 29.07 - 31.07.2020
Location: Online via Zoom
[This is a 12 hour class.]
Social scientists are frequently interested in the analysis of change and its causes. For this reason, typical research interests refer not only to the observation of change but first and foremost to the analysis of its causes - the question why change occurs is at the core of many empirical studies in social science research. The extent to what change can be traced back to a specific cause unambiguously - the so-called internal validity - depends on the order and the course of the empirical study, in other words, the research designs. For this reason, decisions concerning the research design are crucial to the success of any causal analysis. Against the background of these considerations, different ways to classify research designs are introduced, and the relations between research questions and designs are introduced and discussed with regard to the strengths and weaknesses of different kinds of research designs.
A detailed syllabus for this course is available for download here.