Ginn Library's Stata Training Workshops.
The Fletcher School @ Tufts University
Instructor - Juan Taborda
This workshop is designed to familiarize students with Stata. We provide an overview of Stata's interface and basic functions. During the session, we use datasets from international development to introduce some descriptive statistics commands and coding/recoding commands to help you gain familiarity with Stata syntax. For more information please visit Ginn's Library Webpage
Latin America: Development and Policy-Making.
Tufts University Ex-College, Spring 2017
Instructor - Juan Taborda
The objective of this course is to equip students aiming to work in development in Latin America with theoretical, practical, and language abilities to succeed.
The course will provide an introduction to the most pertinent theoretical topics relevant for development policies and the policy-making process while framing the theory in the particular context of Latin America. Students will apply these theories to real-world policy situations through weekly discussion and exercises. Another key objective of the course is to provide the students with the opportunity to practice Spanish in a development work context and the course is structured to achieve this goal.
This course is divided into two sections. During the first half of the semester we will study topics related to the policy-making process. The topics will focus on the actors involved in the policy making process, agenda framing and setting, the political economy of the policy process, and the policy diffusion process in Latin America. The second section of the course focuses on specific topics relevant to the development processes in Latin America. During this second section we will focus on evaluation methods –since sound policies require understanding of what works and what does not– and then specific topics like Education, Health and Welfare, Agriculture, Public Goods Provision, Institutions and Conflict, and International Aid.
Sociology 101- Quantitative Research Methods.
Tufts University, Fall 2016
Professor Jill Weinberg, Ph.D.
Teaching Assistant - Juan Taborda
Statistics are pervasive in everyday life. From polls predicting the winner of the 2016 Presidential Election to sporting events, statistical information is an inevitable phenomenon in modern society that influences our decisions and shapes our social reality. What is the social benefit of quantification? Is there a danger? How might we understand the practical and sociological purchase of numbers? This course exposes students to quantitative social science data. The course will teach basic statistics as a method for answering social research questions and becoming better consumers of quantitative data presented in a variety of settings. Specifically, we will learn about descriptive, inferential, bivariate, and multivariate statistical techniques to analyze data. Students will acquire the skills needed to generate output and interpret the relationship between variables through the use of the statistical software.