Before you start

This site contains a set of tutorials aimed at providing an introduction to programming for beginners. The focus of the material is not on teaching the details of one programming language but rather to provide a broad overview of key concepts about programming. All tutorials use Python as the implementation language. The tutorials are intended to be especially useful for students in Social Sciences as reflected in many of the examples and applications covered.


  1. Preliminaries.
  2. Introduction to Programming.
  3. Values, Variables, Operators, and Functions.
  4. Iteration and Conditionals.
  5. Basics of Algorithm Implementation.
  6. Procedural, Functional, and Objected-Oriented Programming Paradigms.
  7. Data Handling: The EU’s Labour Market.
  8. Dynamic Programming: A Simple Life-Cycle Model with Human Capital.


These tutorials have been developed by students at the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland).



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