The seven steps of data analysis

Data Analysis is a Process: Doing real life empirical projects

The Seven Steps of Data Analyis lecture discusses the process of empirical projects: research question, data collection, cleaning and wrangling, exploration, modeling, communicating results, and answering our question and discussing the validity. It also touches upon a range of issues related to working with data: aspects of collection and data wrangling with an emphasis on the role of coding, data engineering and reproducible research. The lecture is based on Békés-Kézdi: Data Analysis for Business, Economics, and Policy (Cambridge UP 2021)

The talk is 60-90 mins.

Target audience

The target audience is terminal year undergraduate (BA, BSc) as well as applied Masters (MA/MSc) students in economics, finance, business and other social sciences who intend to a dissertation (thesis) with an emprical focus.


In particular, to discuss data analysis as a process, we’ll discuss 7 topics about how data analysis will…

  1. First comes a research topic and a specific research question
  2. Data collection is the foundation for all empirical work
  3. Cleaning and organizing the data is a necessary and time-consuming part
  4. Exploratory data analysis helps both data preparation and analysis
  5. Analytical work tests hypotheses and estimates model(s)
  6. Results shall be presented in a user friendly way
  7. Finally, we answer the original question and discuss generality

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A case study

Throughout the talk I will use a case study from my textbook on family ownership of firms and management quality. The case study is based on the World Management Survey, data from WMS



I’ll talk about tools for all seven steps as well:

Talks AY 2021/22

Talks AY 2022/23

  • Bocconi University, Italy (TBC)
  • Middlesex University, UK (TBC)


Ping me if interested in hosting an event