Assignment: Understanding Statistics

Scope of the assignment

The assignment is based on the data given in the Excel spreadsheet QB2504_Assignment_Data.xlsx. 

The spreadsheet contains social, labour market, education, and economic indicators for the Euro Area (27) region as well as for five individual countries which are also part of the EU-27.

You should select a sample of data for at least 3 variables and analyse these data. In particular, you should seek to summarise the information, using descriptive statistics, and test for the existence of relationships between the variables using correlation and regression. You should interpret your findings. You should think about using theories from other courses to aid your interpretation and explanation of key findings. Refer to the QB2504 Tutorial Exercises and Computer Workshops for more practical guidance on data analysis. The results of your analysis need to be submitted in the form of a report of maximum 1,500 words. The marking scheme will place emphasis on your ability to demonstrate an appreciation of the principles of statistics, their application, and their interpretation. 


The project is intended to develop a range of skills and knowledge. On completion of the task, you should have enhanced:

data handling skills

quantitative analysis skills

report writing skills

knowledge and appreciation of the principles of statistics

understanding of statistical applications

ability to interpret statistical data and statistical results.


Brief notes

 The data included in the spreadsheet allows for a flexible choice of topics. Examples of topics include:

Is educational attainment related to (un)employment?

Is there a relationship between life expectancy and social/economic conditions?

Is there a relationship between consumption and wages?

 Is there a relationship between house building and social and/or economic conditions?



The data

The data is obtained from the official website of the Eurostat for the year of 2015. Further details on the data can be found at the end of this assignment brief in the Appendix section.


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