Germany, Mannheim

Theoretical and Methodological Foundations

when 15 June 2014 - 19 June 2014
duration 1 week
fee GBP 1100

The Foundations seminar aims to provide tools with which students can develop their own statistical models to test predictions derived from formal theories. Although most participants in the Summer Institute know the basics of rational choice theory and statistical analysis, it will be helpful to construct those techniques in a manner that facilitates statistical testing of rational choice models.
Standard introductions to rational choice theory often imply that such theories generate only point predictions, unsuitable for testing. The Foundations seminar presents important varieties of rational choice models, specifically spatial voting models and non-cooperative game theory, in a form that emphasizes the techniques by which these models can be used to generate testable implications through comparative statics analysis and the analysis of parameter variations across a population.
Likewise, basic courses in statistical methods often give scant coverage to techniques especially suited to the testing of predictions generated from formal models. Accordingly, Foundations covers techniques fundamental to the Summer Institute's advanced seminars: maximum likelihood estimation, Bayesian inference, model specification for comparative statics predictions, model comparison, and simulation.

Course leader

Randall Calvert (Thomas F. Eagleton University Professor of Public Affairs and Political Science, Washington University in St. Louis)
James Lo (PhD, Collaborative Research Center 884 "The Political Economy of Reforms", University of Mannheim)

Target group

EITM Europe has become the summer institute with the largest worldwide network among young academics interested in the highest standard of scholarly research in Europe. EITM is training a new generation of political scientists and political economists, who are interested in integrating theoretical and empirical research to advance our understanding in politics.

Fee info

GBP 1100: Fees cover the complete program (refresher, foundations, advanced class)