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Research Methods Workshop

Workshop on Research Methods, Co-Organized by: African Centre for Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB-ACDF) with Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Sonoco International Business Department, U.S.A.

The Objective of the workshop:
A common obstacle to these outcomes for all scholars is limited experience in sourcing, preparing, and analysing high quality data. This workshop will combine instructive tutorials with hands-on experience in writing code in statistical analysis packages (e.g. STATA, R, etc.). Participants are encouraged (but not necessarily required) to bring datasets they are already working with and through the workshop develop code capable of helping them execute their analysis.

What the course will cover:
The course will focus on presenting a cutting edge research methods tailored to high impact African context through a hands-on, intensive one-week curriculum covering the following topics: Collecting high quality data in an environment where publicly available data is often unavailable or unreliable, Cleaning and preparing data for analysis, Conducting analysis through econometric models and descriptive statistics, Presenting results and developing a personalized library of software code useful to all of the above.

Who should attend:
Postgraduate, Master’s and Doctoral Candidates, Post-Doctoral Fellows and current Doctoral fellows and other academics working in this domain will be given more priority.

Course provider:
African Centre for Development Finance at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB-ACDF) with Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina, Sonoco International Business Department, U.S.A.

Prerequisite:
Participants are expected to have intermediate level microeconomic theory at the undergraduate level. Basic knowledge on mathematical economics, econometrics, linear programming and applications is desirable but not compulsory. STATA and R will be employed. Prior knowledge of at least one of the software will be an added advantage.

Course Material:
The course pack will be prepared and made available to participants during registration. The materials required for pre-course reading will be sent directly to the participants via email or via the course website.

Presenters

Dr Christopher B. Yenkey is an assistant professor in the Sonoco International Business Department at the Darla Moore School of International Business. He earned his Ph.D. in Sociology at Cornell University, Yenkey served as a visiting scholar at the Institute for Economic Affairs in Nairobi, Kenya. Yenkey received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas, Austin, in 2001 and served as a research associate in the Department of Economic Research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City from 2001 to 2003. He is an associate director of the Center for the Study of Economy and Society at Cornell University from 2010 to 2011.

Dr Nyankomo Marwa is senior lecturer in Development Finance and Econometrics at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa. He holds a PhD in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School; an MSc Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA; an MSc Applied Statistics and Biostatistics from Hasselt University, Belgium; and a BSc Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania. He holds visiting research positions at the School of Management Sciences of the University of Quebec Montreal, Canada, and the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Registration Procedure

The workshop fee is $250 (R3 500) per participants.

For more details on logistics and other enquiries, please contact the International office:
international@usb.ac.za | +27 21 918 4196

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