I am a student doing her master thesis. I have never studied or used statistics, but have been advised to do for my thesis.
Let me describe the subject briefly and what I am trying to do : I am looking into the determinants of the EU's compliance with international trade law.
My dependant variable is compliance (with international law).
My independent variables are retaliation, reputation costs, level of democracy, third party presence, nature of EU's
cometence, export dependency.My data comprises 50 WTO disputes where the EU is a defendant.
I am trying to see which of them significantly impact the EU's behaviour in WTO disputes. One of my lecturers told me to use multivariate regression to do so.
However, I verified the assumptions and my data does not appear to be normally distributed or have variance homogeneity.
So I looked into nonparametric tests, thinking a correlation test could still be useful. However, my data does not present monotonic relationship
between the variables, so I can't use Spearman's or Kendall's tests either. I have looked at a lot of things for the past days, but have no idea
what to do from now on.
If somebody knows about this, it'd really kind to help