9 August 2014
Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling
The course gives an introduction to theory and practice of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) with computer software AMOS. It is shown how theoretical latent constructs (e.g. social and political attitudes, values, and intentions) can be operationalised and how their causal relationships can be tested.
The first part of the course introduces the specification of Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) as a special case of SEM. Measurement models with single or multiple indicators of latent variables are estimated and tested. Different modelling specifications will be introduced including multiple group analysis (e.g. to test measurement equivalence across different social groups or countries). The second part of the course deals with specification and test of causal structural equation models (e.g. MIMIC models (Multiple Indicators and Multiple Causes), assessment of models, mediation and moderation, feedback loops).
Participants should understand basic principles of regression analysis and the meaning of regression results. A basic understanding of principal component analysis (explorative factor analysis) would be helpful. Participants should be familiar with software to manage data (e.g. SPSS, STATA, R).
To obtain the full five ECTS credits available, participants must complete their course, which includes a project assignment and an exam, on 9 August 2014. Participants who do not sit the exam can still obtain three ECTS credits by completing the project assignment. Participants who sit the exam but choose not to complete the project assignment can obtain two ECTS credits.
EUR 925: ECPR member
EUR 1250: ECPR non-member