Application & Financial Support Due date: February 27th, 2006


Design of Instruction

Previous EITM Institutes


Participant Bios

Guest Faculty Bios

Curriculum and Lead Faculty

I. Institutions and Institutional Analysis

II. Empirical Evaluation of Causality

III. Complexity: Diversity, Networks, Adaptation, and Emergence

IV. Additional Guest Lecturers and Student Presentations


Podcasting EITM 2006

Participant/Faculty Page

Contact: eitm@umich.edu


Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models
(19 June - 14 July, 2006)

Design of Instruction

The EITM Summer Institutes concentrate on reaserach in areas of political science that integrate both theory and methods. The 2006 EITM V institute follows the successful format of previous EITM summer institutes (2002 EITM I (Harvard), 2003 EITM II (Michigan), 2004 EITM III (Duke), and 2005 EITM IV (Berkeley)), and will combine highly interactive teaching and lecture sessions with ample opportunity for students to develop their research projects in the EITM framework. Each of the first three weeks of instruction will focus on a substantive area where research integrating theory and empirics has already made rich contributions to political science. These are: (1) Institutions and Institutional Analysis ; (2) Empirical Evaluation of Causality ; and (3) Complexity: Diversity, Networks, Adaptation, and Emergence . The fourth week of the institute will focus on students' research projects, and will conclude with student presentations broadcasted on the World Wide Web. The institute will integrate developments and findings in the substantive areas of American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and political economy throughout the entire four weeks.

The First Three Weeks: Substantive Units

In each of the first three weeks of instruction, lecturers will conduct a survey of their substantive research area, stressing key previous theoretical and empirical developments. They will explicate the steps needed to construct "tests" of models in that area by, e.g., considering basic assumption validity or drawing testable conjectures from comparative statics and other deductions from the model. And they will discuss appropriate empirical methods for evaluating whether and how data confirm or reject the model, developing more fully any highly specialized techniques required. These empirical modeling considerations could involve specifying test equations with the proper control variables and functional forms, deriving statistical estimators, conducting case studies, designing an experiment, or framing a simulation.

The first three weeks will involve morning and afternoon sessions, and occasional early evening and Saturday morning sessions. A very full week might, for example, have lead lecturers survey theory and empirics in their area Monday and Tuesday morning and afternoon and guest lecturers demonstrate cutting-edge EITM research in that area Wednesday and Thursday. Faculty and students might present current research or research ideas Friday, leaving Saturday morning to review exercises and wrap-up. Evening lab-time is reserved for exercises.

Each teaching team features a lead lecturer and partner who survey their substantive area, its theory, its empirics, and the state of the EITM approach in the area. Guest lecturers present their own completed research exemplifying current integration of formal theory and empirical methods. Guests present after lead and partner have introduced the area's substance sufficiently for participants to appreciate and to evaluate the work critically.

The Fourth Week: Presentations of Students' EITM Research

Participants' own research projects remain a primary focus throughout the entire institute. Time is set aside during the first three weeks for discussion of research projects and obtaining feedback from lecturers. Work on the research project culminates in the fourth week of the institute, when participants will receive intense mentoring regarding their research projects from the institute's full faculty. The institute will conclude with participants making presentations of their work to institute faculty and students. Presentations will be broadcast on the World Wide Web, and presenters will respond to questions about their work from both in-person and online audiences. Week 4 also aims to help germinate new research ideas in the EITM mould.