We would like to invite you to attend our first "advanced" workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference. The workshop builds on our "main" workshop. Both are sponsored by Northwestern University, University of Southern California, the Society for Empirical Legal Studies.
Monday-Wednesday, August 12-14, 2013, at Northwestern Law School, Chicago, IL
Our regular "Main" Workshop on Research Design for Causal Inference will be held this year on June 24-28, 2013.
There continues to be rapid change in the "research frontier" for causal inference, and in what constitutes best practice (normally somewhat inside the frontier). The goal for the advanced workshop is to provide an in-depth discussion of selected topics in causal inference that won’t fit in the main workshop. Our target audience is empirical researchers (faculty and graduate students) who are familiar with the fundamentals of causal inference (from our main workshop, a graduate-level causal inference class, or their own research), who want to extend their knowledge. Most methods are not field-specific. Thus, we expect the workshop to be suitable for researchers in a wide variety of areas, including law, political science, economics, many business-school areas (finance, accounting, management, marketing, etc), medicine, sociology, education, psychology, etc. – indeed anywhere that careful causal inference is important.
We are fortunate to have recruited outstanding experts in causal research design to teach the workshop sessions.
Tuition is $550; with a discounted rate of $350 for graduate students (PhD, SJD, or law) and post-doctoral fellows. The workshop fee includes all materials, a temporary Stata12 license, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and Monday evening reception. These amounts will increase by $50 on June 15, 2013.
Registration deadline: July 26, 2013.
You can cancel on or before June 14, 2013 for a 75% refund and by July 12, 2013, 2013 for a 50% refund (in each case, less credit card processing fee), but there are no refunds after that.
For Northwestern or USC-affiliated attendees, tuition is $200 (basically our marginal cost for meals and incidental expenses) but we will charge the full rate if you register and then fail to in fact attend a majority of the sessions.
Questions about the workshop
Please email Bernie Black email@example.com or Mat McCubbins firstname.lastname@example.org for substantive questions or fee waiver requests, and Michael Cooper email@example.com for logistics and registration.
Monday, August 12 (Don Rubin)
Choosing estimands (the science). Implications of choice of estimand for choice of method. Principal stratification. Flexible matching methods. Multiple imputation of missing potential outcomes.
Tuesday, August 13 (Ben Hansen)
Advanced matching. This session focuses on the use of propensity-score based, optimal matching methods to reliably secure covariate balance and, with additional assumptions, consistency and robustness of causal effect estimation. Methods are demonstrated with code and exercises in R. Propensity score matching is the best known of a number of techniques that play roles both in study design and in statistical analysis; the session includes a comparative discussion of alternative matching and weighting methods.
Wednesday, August 14 (Justin McCrary)
Conducting simulation studies. Generalized method of moments (GMM) as a tool for estimating treatment effects and standard errors, including adjusting standard errors for two-step estimation (e.g., reweighting). Inference and testing using the bootstrap. Topics in regression discontinuity design: nonparametric estimation; Local linear regression and density estimation; choosing bandwidth and assessing sensitivity to bandwidth choice.
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