What this course is all about
In this seminar we try to answer apparently simple but intriguing questions from daily life. For example:
- Can beauty affect employment chances and income level?
- How does unemployment affect happiness?
- Does owning a pet makes you live longer?
- Can working from home increase employee's work effort?
- Why can't money buy happiness?
- What is the impact of a vegetarian diet?
- Are lefthander different from righthander?
The Seminar in Applied Economics: Happiness and Discrimination is about empirical analysis of questionnaire data (SOEP) to answer questions from the field of happiness research and labour market discrimination. Students are given the opportunity to work on a personal term project under intense supervision.
The analysis is done with help of the statistical package R and results are reported in an R Markdown (html document). In this course you learn and practice critical, statistical thinking based on complex rectangular panel data. You will become data fluent and learn major skills that you can use in your academic and business career.
The seminar also serves as a preparation for an (empirical) thesis.