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1.12.2009 Political Science 104 1. Making Comparisons: MSS/MDS designs a. Check handout chart b. MSS Systems Design i. Match as many traits as possible (Control variables) ii. Outcome should vary (Dependent variable) iii. Explanatory factor will vary (independent variables) c. MDS Systems Design i. Vary as many traits as possible ii. Outcome should be constant iii. Explanatory factor will be constant d. Strengths and Weaknesses of case comparisons i. Strength- in depth case knowledge ii. Weakness- omitted control variable? iii. Weakness- conclusion may reflect specific cases and not general pattern 2. Omitted variable bias? a. Were some important control variables left out that could explain the difference? 3. Measurement: Did Moore get his numbers right?
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Unformatted text preview: a. Rates of Gun Murders, 2001: 6.24 i. Number of gun murders X 100,000 / Age adjusted population b. Unemployment US, August 2003: 6.4% i. Who is not counted? 1. People on disability- doubled to 5.7 million since 1982 2. Prison population- 15 million behind bars today, compared to 500,000 in 1982 3. 17.8% of men over 16 not looking for work (compared to 17.3% in 1982) c. 8% official Canadian unemployment d. 6.4% Official US unemployment e. 10.2 % (Post depression record, 1982) f. 35%, 17-25 year old inner-city males, not in school g. 10.8% US (including disabled and prison populations) h. 9.5% Canada (including disabled and prison populations)...
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