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GOV_298_11 - Reforming the United Nations Security Council...

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Reforming the United Nations Security Council Today we’re going to have a lot of FUN
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The Don is slippin’
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The agenda 1. How to read a statistics table/article 2. Role playing at the United Nations 3. Regional Organization Governance
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Donor influence in the Asian Development Bank
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Reading regression tables: The cheat sheet Beyond “star gazing” (slightly) What is the dependent variable? (Maybe in the title) Consider the number of observations What is the unit of analysis? What are the “explanatory”/independent variables? Consider the coefficient for each variable Is it positive/negative? Don’t be too persuaded by the magnitude – the real effect depends on how the variable is measured… and whether the model is “linear” Consider the SIGNIFICANCE Standard error < ½ the size of the coefficient |T-stat or Z-stat| > 1.96 P-value < 0.05 Lots of * (star gazing!)
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The cheat sheet for reading quantitative social science articles Read abstract Read intro & conclusion Study the stats tables Look up the definitions of variables
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Role playing!
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