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A monthly lecture series featuring prominent global leaders and academics sharing research in areas that are impacted by the emergence of big data.

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November 2018

The Regression Discontinuity Design: Methods and Applications

November 5, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Rocio Titiunik (University of Michigan)

E18-304

Abstract: The Regression Discontinuity (RD) design is one of the most widely used non-experimental strategies for the study of treatment effects in the social, behavioral, biomedical, and statistical sciences. In this design, units are assigned a score and a treatment is offered if the value of that score exceeds a known threshold---and withheld otherwise. In this talk, I will discuss the assumptions under which the RD design can be used to learn about treatment effects, and how to make valid…

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December 2018

Raj Chetty

December 3, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Raj Chetty (Harvard University)

32-155

Raj Chetty is the William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University. He is also the Director of the Equality of Opportunity Project, which uses “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Chetty's research combines empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies. His work on topics ranging from tax policy and unemployment insurance to education and affordable housing has been widely cited in academia, media…

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