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17.800 Quantitative Research Methods I: Regression

Graduate level introduction to statistical methods for political science and public policy research, with a focus on linear regression. Teaches students how to apply multiple regression models as used in much of political science and public policy research. Also covers fundamentals of probability and sampling theory.


17.802 Quantitative Research Methods II: Causal Inference

Survey of advanced empirical tools for political science and public policy research with a focus on statistical methods for causal inference, i.e. methods designed to address research questions that concern the impact of some potential cause (e.g., an intervention, a change in institutions, economic conditions, or policies) on some outcome (e.g., vote choice, income, election results, levels of violence). Covers a variety of causal inference designs, including experiments, matching, regression, panel methods, difference-in-differences, synthetic control methods, instrumental variable estimation, regression discontinuity designs, quantile regressions, and bounds.


17.8XX Math Prefresher

The Math Prefesher is designed to introduce and review core mathematics and probability prerequisites that you will need to be successful in the quantitative methods courses in the Political Science department and elsewhere at MIT. In an intense one-week course, we will cover key concepts from calculus, linear algebra, probability theory, and an introduction to statistical computing. The learning will proceed through lectures, hands-on exercises, and homework. The aim of the course is to give you an opportunity to practice some of the mathematics you may have previously learned and to introduce you to areas that may be new to you so that you will be ready to enter classes that presume prior familiarity with these concepts, such as 17.800 Quantitative Research Methods I.


17.S952 Empirical Methods in Political Economy

This course surveys recent empirical work in political economy. The focus will be on a variety of active topic areas including the relationship between electoral institutions and political representation, the effect of political institutions on policy outcomes, and distributive politics. Studies are drawn from various geographic areas including the US, Latin America, India, and Europe. Special attention will be paid to innovative approaches to research design and measurement. Each week there will be two articles assigned as required readings and in the class discussion we will dissect the empirical strategy of these studies, discuss their theoretical significance and overall strength and weaknesses, and examine future directions for research in this topic area.