• Offered by Australian Demographic & Social Research Institute
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Social Research
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Edith Gray
    • Dr Edith Gray
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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This course will provide students with an introduction to advanced topics in survey data analysis.  In Survey Data Analysis DEMO8014 students are introduced to basic multivariate statistical methods for analysing survey data.  The present course will provide several important extensions: (1) dealing with sample selection bias and endogeneity bias in survey data (instrumental variable regression and Heckman selection correction); (2) using panel data to control for unobserved heterogeneity (fixed effects and random effects models); (3) modelling the time to an event (survival analysis) and (4) multi-level modelling for hierarchical or clustered data.  Participants will gain experience in using the Stata statistical software package to apply these methods to survey data.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Identify when sample selection bias and endogeneity bias are likely to be significant problems in cross-sectional data, what are their impacts, and how to control for them.
  2. Understand how panel data can be used to control for unobserved heterogeneity (a potential cause of endogeneity bias in cross-sectional data).
  3. Know how to model the dynamics of cross-sectional populations using survival analysis.
  4. Recognise the hierarchical/clustered structure of many social science datasets and the advantages of multi-level models for working with such data.

Indicative Assessment

Four tutorial exercises/assignments (15% each)

One written examination (40%)

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One ninety minute lecture and one ninety minute tutorial / computer training session each week.

Prescribed Texts

Jeffrey Wooldridge: Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach, 4th Edition

Sophia Rabe-Hesketh and Anders Skrondal: Multilevel and Longitudinal Modeling Using Stata

Mario Cleves, William W. Gould, Roberto G. Gutierrez, and Yulia Marchenko: An Introduction to Survival Analysis Using Stata, 2nd Edition



Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2604
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3421 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person

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