LCSR Summer School Day 7
Anna Mironova told about Day 7 of the LSCR Summer School
As usually, the day began with a lecture on SEM given by Professor Schmidt. It was devoted to further learning of causal models and structural equations. Section of reports included three reports and then was succeeded by guest lecture delivered by Zsofia Ignacz.
Christopher Swader was the first reporter after the lunch. He presented final results of his joint project with Leonid Kosals. Their project was devoted to investigation of the question how modernization and formalization of normative regulation were related. The model they demonstrated in the final presentation was more complicated in comparison with the previous version. The time range of dataset also was extended. Chris told about many interesting findings of that research. For example, it was found out that such factors as economic growth and corruption were positively associated with the spread of anomie in the society. Results also showed that the level of GDP per capita was negatively linked with the spread of anomie.
Then Maria Kravtsova gave her report on the collaborative project with Aleksey Oshchepkov focused on studying whether post-materialists justified bribe-taking. The main hypothesis postulated incompatibility of post-materialist values with corruption behavior. One of the main findings of the study was that effects of post-materialism depended more on the societal context, so expectations that values shift would automatically lead to reduction in actual bribe-taking were not well-founded.
Alexander Kustov presented his new project aimed to study how globalization affected on the support of the "welfare state" in the OECD countries. Alexander analyzed the relationship between globalization and more subjective foundations of the welfare state support.
In the end of the day an invited lecture was given by Zsofia Ignacz. In her research Zsofia concerned with the impact of generational affiliation on the specifics of the perception of justice. Her presentation was based on the materials of her current PhD project conducted at Humboldt University (Berlin, Germany). Post-communist countries such as the GDR and Hungary were in the focus of the analysis.
The final event of that day was additional evening consultation on applications of M-plus by Professor Schmidt.
by Anna Mironova