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Research Methods in Economics and Social Science


  • Monday to Thursday, 09:00-12:00 (with a short break appr. 10:00-10:15)
  • MK 101 (on Mondays: MF 313)

First Session

  • 20/06/2005


  • Klaus G. Troitzsch

Intended Audience

  • Students of Information Management (BSc) 1st year


Related Event

  • Tutorial: Monday to Thursday 14-16 MF 113, start: June 28, 2005

More info and link to course material


The lecture course will run from June 20 to July 22 with three hours in the morning, while the tutorial will run from June 28 to July 21 with two hours in the afternoon.


The data analysis software system SPSS is available in Room MF 113 (starting with the first row, 25 PCs) using XP:

All Programs -> SPSS for Windows --> SPSS 12.0 for Windows

Additional informations to SPSS:

Data Sets

Two data sets will be used in the tutorial

  • Eurobarometer
    Monitoring the public opinion in the European Union is the mission of the Standard Eurobarometer surveys conducted on behalf of the European Commission at least two times a year in all member states of the European Union. Since the early seventies they are providing regular monitoring of social and political attitudes in the European publics.

    Variable groups:

    • Consumer rights
    • Privacy data protection
    • Education through sport
    • Internet purchases
    • ...

    Information to the data set: Questionaire, Data set description

  • Stock indexes
    10 different time series describing the most important stock indexes collected from november 1995 to February 2001
    • Dow Jones Industrial
    • S&P Composite
    • Nikkei 30
    • Dax 30
    • CAC 40
    • Swiss Market
    • Milan MIB 30
    • Ibex 35I
    • BEL 20
    • FTSE 100

    Data set

Time schedule



Introduction to SPSS (1)


Introduction to SPSS (2)


Data transformation/preparation


Univariate statistics/Bivariate statistics (nominal/ordinal)


Bivariate statistics/Regression


Factor analysis