Author: Scott Siegel
Department of International Relations
California State University, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94132
These exercises integrate key concepts related to the study of international political economy by applying quantitative methods. These exercises help students understand the dynamics of international trade, contrasting patterns of international development, and how the winners and losers from globalization behave at the ballot box. Students will also learn how to present quantitative information graphically.
Exercises are aimed for those at the beginner level. We do not assume any existing knowledge of statistics, econometrics, or other research methods. In addition, each exercise involves the use of the STATA software package, for which students are not required to have any previous familiarity.
Each assignment consists of three parts. First, there is an assigned reading to accompany each exercise. It provides the theoretical background and the intellectual motivation for the exercise. In addition, there is a short book excerpt explaining the quantitative method used in the exercise and underlying explanation about the statistics used. In-class lectures will supplement this information. The exercise’s second part involves analyzing quantitative data. This part of the exercise will be done in the classroom with some additional time spent working outside of class hours. The third part consists of a brief “write-up” of the results, which briefly summarizes your findings and that brings together the conceptual material with the empirical evidence.
EXERCISE FILE: An MS Word file explaining in more detail the four exercises that make up this module.