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Upcoming QCA PhD seminar, June 6-10, in Bern, Switzerland

posted Mar 14, 2016, 12:50 PM by Eva Thomann   [ updated Mar 14, 2016, 12:55 PM ]

Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) (Ragin 1987) is a configurational, set-theoretic method, suitable for the comparison of intermediate to large numbers of cases. The method identifies necessary and sufficient conditions for an outcome (as opposed to correlations). Instead of assuming discrete effects of single variables, QCA foresees the causal role of a single condition unfolding in combination with other conditions (conjunctural causation); the occurrence of an outcome can have a different explanation than its non-occurrence (asymmetric causality); and QCA allows for different, mutually non-exclusive explanations of the same phenomenon (equifinality).

This introductory course is addressed to researchers who are interested in a methodological tool that enables them to deal with such complex causal patterns. The aim of the seminar is to enable the participants to independently carry out a crisp set or fuzzy set QCA and to understand the basic epistemological and analytical foundations of set-theoretic methods, as well as issues surrounding and approaches to them. We will primarily discuss QCA as a case-oriented approach to small- and intermediate N comparisons. The intensive five-day course has a practical focus and combines theoretical blocks with hands-on exercises. We will use real-life data to replicate a published study, and discuss examples from the participants' own research projects in class.

Target audience: Doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and professors
Fees: none
Instructor: Eva Thomann (Heidelberg University)

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