A growing interest in causal identification and mechanisms testing in the social sciences has provided a surge in empirical research using the experimental method. This two-day course will introduce graduate students to a range of experimental methods commonly employed in the social sciences. More specifically, the seminar will teach students how to critically read and evaluate experimental research, how to design an experimental study, and analyze experimental data. Beyond a general overview of these topics, we will focus our attention on survey experiments, lab-in-the-field experiments, and field experiments as currently applied in political science and related fields (e.g. sociology, economics).
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About the lecturer
After studying for a bachelor's degree at the University College Utrecht, Netherlands, Johanna Gereke gained a Master in International Relations from the Free University of Berlin, Germany and PhD in Social and Political Science from the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Johanna Gereke specializes particularly on intergroup relations, migration and discrimination and cooperative behavior in modern societies.
Nan Zhang received his double bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley, USA. He later gained a PhD in Political Science from Stanford University, USA. He is currently working for the Max-Planck-Institute for Research on Collective Goods as a Senior Research Fellow.
Please note that other external participants than the one mentioned in the target group above are asked to pay a small course fee. For inquiries please contact the GIGA DP Student Assistant