Quantitative Research Methods Workshop

The Quantitative Research Methods Workshop features cutting-edge research engaged in developing and employing quantitative methods in the social sciences. The workshop will host prominent and up-and-coming scholars in a variety of disciplines, who will present work on a range of topics including experimental design, causal identification in observational studies, text analysis, and election forensics.  The series is being sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund.

The workshop meets on selected Thursdays from 12:00-1:15 p.m.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, workshop sessions will vary with some being held virtually on Zoom and others being held in person or in a hybrid format during the 2021-2022 academic year.

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Faculty Organizers: P. M. Aronow, Associate Professor (Tenured) of Political Science and of Public Health (Biostatistics); and Fredrik Sävje, Assistant Professor of Political Science and of Statistics & Data Science

Graduate Student Coordinator: David Cerero Guerra, Department of Political Science

Coordinator & Contact for Guest Travel: Pamela Greene

 Schedule 2021-2022

SEP 23 Yusuke Narita, Assistant Professor of Economics, Yale University
Paper 1: “Algorithm is Experiment: Machine Learning, Market Design, and Policy Eligibility Rules
Paper 2: “Curse of Democracy: Evidence from the 21st Century
OCT 28 Paul Goldsmith-Pinkham, Assistant Professor of Finance,  Yale School of Management
On Estimating Multiple Treatment Effects with Regression
DEC 9 Peng Ding, Associate Professor of Statistics, UC Berkeley
To adjust or not to adjust? Estimating the average treatment effect in randomized experiments with missing covariates
FEB 3 Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics, MIT
“Blue Spoon: Sparking Communication about Appropriate Technology Use”
Joint with the Leitner Political Economy Seminar
FEB 17 Suresh Naidu, Professor in Economics and International & Public Affairs, Columbia University
Ideas Have Consequences: The Impact of Law and Economics on American Justice
Joint with the Leitner Political Economy Seminar
FEB 24 Naoki Egami, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Identification and Estimation of Causal Peer Effects Using Double Negative Controls for Unmeasured Network Confounding
Hybrid workshop in person at RKZ 005 and virtually on Zoom
MAR 3 Stefan Wager, Associate Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business
Noise-Induced Randomization in Regression Discontinuity Designs
Hybrid workshop in person at RKZ 005 and virtually on Zoom
MAR 31 Kirill Borusyak, Assistant Professor of Economics, University College London
Non-Random Exposure to Exogenous Shocks: Theory and Applications” (With Peter Hull)
Virtual workshop on Zoom
APR 7 Cyrus Samii, Associate Professor of Politics, NYU
CANCELLED: “Empowering the People: How to Promote Responsiveness to the Poor?”
Joint with the Leitner Political Economy Seminar
APR 14 James M. Robins, Mitchell L. and Robin LaFoley Dong Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
“Causal Inference from Observational Data: How do we know we are RIGHT?”
Virtual workshop on Zoom
APR 21 Issa Kohler-Hausmann, Professor of Law and Associate Professor of Sociology, Yale
Lily Hu, PhD Candidate in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy, Harvard University
Of Mis-Defined Causal Questions: The Case of Race and Multi-Stage Outcomes
Hybrid workshop in person at RKZ 005 and virtually on Zoom
APR 28 Luke Sanford, Assistant Professor of Environmental Policy and Governance, Yale School of the Environment
“Estimating the Effect of Land Tenure Formalization in Benin Using Satellite Imagery”
Hybrid workshop in person at RKZ 005 and virtually on Zoom

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