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Short Course: Panel surveys in social and economic research and the treatment of nonresponse, spring 2014


Ulrich Rendtel
Freie UniversitätBerlin, Economic Department, Institute for Statistics and Econometrics

Prof. Rendtel teaches Applied Statistics at the Economic Department of the Freie Universität Berlin. He worked for 9 years in the German Socioeconomic Panel (SOEP) project, a household panel survey started in 1984. He collaborated with Statistics Finland in an evaluation project of the Finnish subsample of the European Community Household Panel (ECHP) and EU-SILC. His recent research is on nonresponse and calibration in panel surveys. Prof. Rendtel also serves as Adjunct Professor (Docent) for University of Helsinki.


Advanced studies. The orientation is applied.




Lectures and PC classes: 20 hours


4 ECTS credits with passed exam
Optional: 2 ECTS credits with completed practical work (Homework)
Total: 6 ECTS credits


The course will give an overview under four aspects: (a) Study design of panel surveys, (b) Some substantive considerations on the special nature of non-response in panel survey, (c) The methodological approaches to treat with nonresponse in panel surveys, (d) Empirical examples from the above mentioned surveys.

Target group

The course is intended to fit to studies in quantitative methods for post-graduate (doctoral) students in social and behavioral sciences and economics. The course also can be taken as advanced studies in statistics for students in statistics and mathematics.

Number of students

Max. 24 students

Schedule and venue

Lectures and PC training are given at SSKH IT-sal (Snellmaninkatu 12, 1st floor):
Monday 24.2. at 12-16
Tuesday 25.2. at 9-12, 13-16
Wednesday 26.2. at 9-12, 13-16
Thursday 27.2. at 9-13

An option is offered for practical training with the methods introduced in the lectures. PC training takes place in the course of the lectures. PC training sessions will be helpful for completing the practical work.


Date: Wed. 12 March 16:00-18:00 hours at Unioninkatu 37 seminar room 4 (U37 SH4)

NOTE: The exam is of "open book" type so one can have access to the lecture notes, for example (please take with you the final lecture notes pdf!).

**NEW** Exam paper and answers


Lecture materials

Lecture Slides

PC training materials

SAS code for Monday 24 Feb.

SAS code for Tuesday 25 Feb.

SAS code for Wednesday 26 Feb.


Solution to Exercise 11

Lem Software

SAS Web Editor


SAS data sets (zipped folder)

Practical work (Homework)

Homework Exercises


Andreß-Golsch-Schmidt (2013) Applied Panel Data Analysis for Economic and Social Surveys. Springer.

Gelman-Hill (2007) Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models. Cambridge University Press.

Vonesh (2012) Generalized Linear and Nonlinear Models for Correlated Data: Theory and Applications Using SAS. SAS Institute Inc.


Prof. Risto Lehtonen (


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