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Kirill Chmel to speak on ' Beyond Matching? Contemporary Methods and Approaches to Causal Inference '

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The Laboratory for Comparative Social Research is holding a regular seminar that will take place on Thursday, December, 12 at 16:45 in Moscow (Krivokolenny Pereulok, 3, room 3-333). A videoconference  from St. Petersburg will be organized in Sedova street, 55-2, room 303, where the audience will also have an opportunity to actively participate in the discussion.

Working language is English. 

The seminar’s topic: Beyond Matching? Contemporary Methods and Approaches to Causal Inference

Speaker:  Kirill Chmel (Junior Research Fellow, Laboratory for Comparative Social Research)

Abstract: Standard methods and approaches to causal inference mostly comprise such techniques as Exact Matching, Difference-in-Difference, Regression Discontinuity and IV Method. Nowadays despite the fact that these methods remain one of the most popular among scholars, such challenges as big data, decreasing validity of secondary data, missing values, etc. sometimes question to what extent standard methods can be applied to new databases. Moreover, these challenges posit a number of issues with the validity of assumptions behind standard approaches and, eventually, hinder the estimation of causal effects. However, the expansion of computational capabilities, advances in the use of machine learning methods in the social sciences, and omnichannel data make the implementation of completely new methods for evaluating the causal effect real. In this presentation I cover modern approaches and methods of causal analysis like Semi-parametric DiD (Abadie, 2003), Synthetic Control Method (Abadie at. Al., 2010), Matrix Completion (Athey et. Al., 2018), etc. The presentation will be based on the 2019 Northwestern-Duke Causal Inference Advanced Workshops.

If you need a pass to enter HSE building, please send an e-mail to Anastasia Ionova (aionova@hse.ru, in Moscow) or to Olesya Volchenko (ovolchenko@hse.ru, in Saint Petersburg) by noon of the seminar’s day.