The goal of this workshop is to help faculty and graduate students develop research projects in which they make credible causal inferences to answer substantive research questions.

Members are expected to present work that proposes or includes a credible identification strategy (such as a randomized experiment, a natural experiment, or quasi-experimental setup).

Don’t worry if you don’t yet have a working paper or even a design that fits this criterion; that’s what we’re all here to help each other with! This works best when we discuss work from its very early stages and help as you proceed from idea to design to paper.

Presentations take one of three forms:

  1. a problem statement, from which we will brainstorm possible research designs and identification strategies together;
  2. a research design, in which you describe your research question and detail your strategy to answer it including the population of interest, your sampling strategy, your identification strategy (or experimental assignment procedure), your estimation procedure, and ethical concerns and how you address them;
  3. a working paper.

For each of the forms, we link to a template with suggestions about what to include in the document.

The requirements for participants include:

  1. Presenting at least once a year;
  2. Writing constructive comments and submitting them on time (by Monday at 12pm);
  3. Writing a follow up note to the group after presenting outlining your take-aways from feedback and next steps in the project.

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