The Institute for Analytical Sociology
The researchers at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) conduct cutting-edge research on important social, political, and cultural matters. The research at IAS is sociological – in its original and broadly conceived meaning – and the researchers at the IAS come from several academic disciplines.
The interdisciplinary nature of IAS makes it possible for its researchers to make innovative use of methods and analytical tools developed in other disciplines than their own.
Through a combination of statistical analyses of big data bases, detailed micro research, computer simulations, and computer visualizations, the researchers at IAS seek to improve our understanding of important societal processes.
In a recent publication in Social Science Research Marc Keuschnigg, together with colleagues from LMU Munich,Felix Bader and Johannes Bracher, shows how global crowdsourcing platforms such as Amazon’s Mechanical Turk can be adapted to estimate effects of local context in behavioral games.
Chanchal Balachandran (IAS) has received a two-year recent grant from Handelsbanken Research Foundations, together with Timurs Umans (Kristianstad University). The project aims to study segregation dynamics in new venture boards, its reasons, and consequences.
Marc Keuschnigg, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, together with Christian Ganser, University of Munich, published an article on crowd wisdom in Management Science. The paper investigates the role of competence and heterogeneity in group decisions. Whereas prior accounts celebrate the power of diversity when combining judgments, Marc and Christian show that, under voting, ability remains crucial for collective judgment.
The Institute for Analytical Sociology welcomes Marc Keuschnigg. Marc is a research fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Munich, Germany. He begins work on March 1.
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Last updated: 2015-06-09