Introduction to Structure Equation Models (SEM) and Measurment Theory


Monday, September 17, 2018

Petra Riefler, 17 September to 21 September 2018



This course provides (1) a broad introduction to measurement theory for developing and assessing multi-item scales, and (2) a user-friendly introduction to structural equations modeling (SEM) using LISREL as software.

The course is aimed at non-experts and designed to familiarize participants with (a) the various steps associated with the development and validation of sound reflective/formative measures; and (b) the fundamentals of conceptualizing, estimating, and interpreting structural equation models.

Teaching Objectives

After participating in this course, students should be in a position to:

  • Understand fundamental premises of measurement theory
  • Understand the differences between reflective and formative measures
  • Develop new (and evaluate existing) scales for empirical research
  • Conceptualize and evaluate basic SEM models
  • Use LISREL for validating scales
  • Use LISREL for conducting substantive empirical research


Due to the interactive teaching format, the number of participants is limited to 30. Advanced master students are invited to participate, but preference will be given to PhD students.

  • Solid command of English.
  • Basic understanding of Regression Analysis and Factor Analysis
  • Willingness to engage in preparatory readings of conceptual and empirical papers


The final grade will be calculated as the weighted average of the grades for the written assignment (in the form of a report) (75 %), and exercises (estimating and interpreting LISREL models) (25%).