Methods in Comparative Government II: Comparative Political Economy

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014
Political Economy is the study of the interrelation of markets and politics. This class introduces students to the empirical analysis of selected topics in comparative political economy. Typical topics in comparative political economy are the size of government, public debt, redistribution, development, the role of financial markets and trade. The class covers questions of research design, data management, measurement, data analysis and data presentation based on political economy applications. The class is meant to equip students with a solid basis for writing an empirical thesis in comparative politics or comparative political economy. A good understanding of statistics
is a prerequisite for the class.