Winter 2020 STAT 31900=CHDV 30102, MACS 51000, SOCI 30315, PBHS 43201, PLSC 30102

Course: STAT 31900=CHDV 30102, MACS 51000, SOCI 30315, PBHS 43201, PLSC 30102

Title: Introduction to Causal Inference

Instructor(s): Kazuo Yamaguchi and Guanglei Hong

Class Schedule: Sec 01: W 1:30 PM-4:20 PM in Foster 505

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Textbook(s): TBA

Description: This course is designed for graduate students and advanced undergraduate students from the social sciences, education, public health science, public policy, social service administration, and statistics who are involved in quantitative research and are interested in studying causality. The goal of this course is to equip students with basic knowledge of and analytic skills in causal inference. Topics for the course will include the potential outcomes framework for causal inference; experimental and observational studies; identification assumptions for causal parameters; potential pitfalls of using ANCOVA to estimate a causal effect; propensity score based methods including matching, stratification, inverse-probability-of-treatment-weighting (IPTW), marginal mean weighting through stratification (MMWS), and doubly robust estimation; the instrumental variable (IV) method; regression discontinuity design (RDD) including sharp RDD and fuzzy RDD; difference in difference (DID) and generalized DID methods for cross-section and panel data, and fixed effects model. Intermediate Statistics or equivalent is a prerequisite. This course is a pre-requisite for “Advanced Topics in Causal Inference” and “Mediation, moderation, and spillover effects.”

Prerequisite: Intermediate Statistics