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Introduction to Applied Econometrics III: Research Design for Causal Inference (MECS-478-0)
1.00 Credit
TCE BidStats

Description:
Much empirical research stands or falls on whether it provides a credible basis for causal inference: Does a change in the predictor variable x cause a change in an outcome variable y. This course introduces methods for credible causal inference, emphasizing intuition and hands-on work with real data. It follows Applied Econometrics I and II, but should be accessible to students with other reasonable prior methods training (e.g., non-Kellogg graduate students). Topics include: Rubin causal model (causal inference as missing data problem); inference in randomized experiments; difference-in-differences (including triple differences; event studies; synthetic controls); regression discontinuity; the logic behind instrumental variables (you will already know the math); matching, propensity score weighting, and subclassification methods for observational studies; assessing and achieving covariate balance; continuous treatments; causal inference with panel data; treatment effect heterogeneity and local treatment effects; when to use (and not use) regression methods; Rosenbaum and Manski bounds.

Prerequisites:
None

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Academic Year Term   Session Course ID Title Sec ID   Credits Syl Instructor Times Campus Location Mand 1st Exam
2014-2015 Spring 2015 10 Weeks MECS-478-0 Introduction to Applied Econometrics III: Research Design for Causal Inference 21 1 Black, Bernard Mon/Thu 3:15 PM - 5:30 PM Evanston Jacobs (165) N Check syllabus and confirm final deliverable or exam with professor.
2015-2016 Spring 2016 10 Weeks MECS-478-0 Introduction to Applied Econometrics III: Research Design for Causal Inference 21 1 Black, Bernard Mon/Thu 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Evanston TBD (Room TBA) N