Switzerland, Lugano

Panel Data Analysis Using the Swiss Household Panel as an Example

online course
when 24 August 2020 - 28 August 2020
language English
duration 1 week
fee CHF 700

The following workshop will be held by Professors Lipps and Kuhn on Week 2 (24 - 28 August, 2020).

Workshop contents and objectives
This course introduces the structure, data management, and analysis of panel data in general and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) in particular. Participants will learn to prepare the data for panel analyses, and to apply descriptive statistics and analytical models. After a detailed presentation of the SHP, we will learn how to organise data for different types of research questions which are specific to that type of data. This includes for example creating longitudinal data files, spells, and transitions. Analysis techniques focus on regression approaches (pooled, fixed effects, random effects, first differences). In the afternoon sessions, participants will work on practical exercises either with the SHP data or with panel data of their own choice. There will be time to solve individual problems.

Prerequisites
Experience in statistical analysis of cross-sectional (survey) data is required. This includes experience with statistical software (such as R, SPSS, Stata, SAS) and a basic knowledge of cross tabulations and regressions. In the course, Stata will be used. To accommodate participants who are less familiar with Stata, we will repeat the basics.

Course leader

Oliver Lipps (FORS and University of Bern) and Ursina Kuhn (FORS and member of the Swiss Household Panel team)

Target group

Everyone who is interested; there are no formal requirement. Note that many workshops have some prerequisites.

The Summer School workshops are conceived for those who need to deepen and widen their methodological knowledge and skills for their work, research projects and (PhD) theses: students, junior and senior researchers, practitioners from academia and outside academia at any stage of their careers whenever the need for further training in methodology arises.

Course aim

This course introduces the structure, data management, and analysis of panel data in general and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) in particular. Participants will learn to prepare the data for panel analyses, and to apply descriptive statistics and analytical models. After a detailed presentation of the SHP, we will learn how to organise data for different types of research questions which are specific to that type of data. This includes for example creating longitudinal data files, spells, and transitions. Analysis techniques focus on regression approaches (pooled, fixed effects, random effects, first differences). In the afternoon sessions, participants will work on practical exercises either with the SHP data or with panel data of their own choice. There will be time to solve individual problems.

Credits info

The Summer School cannot grant credits. We only deliver a Certificate of attendance, i.e. we certify your
presence

If you consider using Summer School workshops to obtain credits (ECTS), you will have to investigate at your home institution (contact the person/institute responsible for your degree) to find out whether they recognize the Summer School, how many credits can be earned from a workshop/course with roughly 35 hours of teaching, no graded work, and no exams.

Make sure to investigate this matter before registering, if this is important to you.

Fee info

CHF 700: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.
CHF 1100: The Summer School in Social Science Methods is financed through participant’s fees.

There are two fees:

Reduced fee: 700 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for students (requires proof of student status).
Normal fee: 1100 Swiss Francs per weekly workshop for all others.
These fees includes also participation in one of the preliminary workshops (two-day workshop preceding the Summer School).
To qualify for the reduced fee, you are required to send a copy of an official document that certifies your current student status or a letter from your supervisor stating your actual position as a doctoral or postdoctoral student. Send this letter/document by e-mail to methodssummerschool@usi.ch.

Scholarships

As the Summer School is financed through participant’s fees alone and has no funds of its own, it cannot offer any scholarship, grants or financial aid.