EITM Europe 2017

Published on January 19th, 2017 by admin. Filed under Teaching

I am pleased to announce that I will be joining this year’s EITM Europe Summer Institute faculty and will be teaching a course on “(Mixed) Methods in International Relations: Theory and Applications.” The summer school will take place at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in Turin from June 24 – July 8, 2017. The two week program offers four core courses on:

  • Statistical Foundations of EITM (James Lo, USC)
  • Theoretical Foundations of EITM (Thomas Bräuninger, Mannheim)
  • Bayesian Nets (Macartan Humphreys, Columbia and WZB)
  • and my course on (Mixed) Methods in International Relations.

(Mixed) Methods in International Relations: Theory and Applications:

The central EITM tenet is to use formal models to derive testable hypotheses in order to put these hypotheses to a rigorous empirical test. Structural estimation is probably the most direct way to achieve this, but it is not always feasible. The EITM approach is moreover methodologically agnostic. This is why this course covers an array of methods (and their theoretical foundations) that are amenable to empirical testing of formal models, including structural estimation for strategic choice, regression techniques, (survey) experimental methods, and case studies. We will discuss which methods are appropriate for what types of game-theoretic models, how to implement these methods, and how to combine various methods to gain most explanatory leverage. Applications will mainly come from research on conflict and international cooperation.

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