Introduction to Quantitative Methods (SPS-METMO-QM-21)


Department SPS
Course category SPS Foundation Seminar
Course type Seminar
Academic year 2021-2022
Credits 20 (EUI SPS Department)
  • Alexandru Moise
  • MWF
Contact Battistini, Adele Ines
  Course materials

04/10/2021 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

04/10/2021 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

18/10/2021 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana

25/10/2021 11:00-13:00 @ Sala del Capitolo, Badia Fiesolana


This course fulfills your requirement to take one quantitative course during your first two years. This course can be substituted with more advanced ones: Intermediate Quantitative Methods from the SPS Department or "Introduction to Econometrics and Regression", offered by the Economics Department.


This course is designed for those with little to no prior experience in using quantitative methods. By the end of the course, you will become informed consumers and producers of quantitative analysis. We will place a lot of emphasis on understanding published research, as well as on the fundamentals of probability theory and inference. By the end of the course, you will have a solid foundational understanding which will also allow you to take more advanced courses at the EUI or elsewhere. As you will see, all advanced methods build on the simple principles of probability and inference and are usually a form of extension of OLS (ordinary least squares) regression, which we will cover. Understanding these concepts and models will not only allow you to understand published quantitative research in social science, but in other fields as well. We will discuss in depth the limitations of these methods, including problems with p-values (and p-hacking!), publication bias, measurement bias, and assumptions in models. We will learn how to spot these pitfalls in other research, and how to avoid them in order to produce meaningful analysis.

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