Research Design Seminar

Research Design for Causal Inference

Northwestern University
MTS 525-0-20
Wednesday 3:00-5:50pm
Location: Technological Institute, M166
Spring, 2015

Professor Aaron Shaw
Office location: Frances Searle Building, room 2-142
Office hours Mon & Wed 1-3pm and by appointment

Course syllabus
Course readings

Links to articles, unpublished manuscripts, and book selections will be provided via this course website or via emails through Canvas.

For the first four weeks of the course we will use Gerber & Green's Field Experiments: Design, Analysis, and Interpretation (or "FEDAI") as our principal source of readings and assignments. I recommend buying a copy.

Assignments

All assignments should be submitted via the course Canvas site unless specified otherwise. The two larger assignments for the course are the Field Experiment and the final Research Planning Document. You should visit those links for more detail. Links and deadlines are also provided below.

Course Schedule

Warning: I may update problem sets and reading assignments up to 1 week before they are due.

April 1 — Introductions & Causality

Readings

Tasks

April 8 — Causal Inference & Experimentation

Readings

Tasks

April 15 — Inference & Hypothesis Tesing

Readings

Tasks

April 22 — Covariates

Readings

Tasks

April 29 — Validity

Readings

Tasks

May 6 — Natural Experiments

Readings

Tasks

May 13 — Regression Discontinuity & Difference-in-Differences

Readings

Tasks

May 20 — No class meeting this week!!

Tasks

May 27 — Instrumental Variables

Readings

Tasks

June 3 — Lightning talks & Assessment

Tasks

Present a lightning talk on your final project in class.

June 9 — Final Projects Due

Submit your final project by 5pm, Central Time via Canvas.

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