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Michael Gechter

Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Intended as a continuation of API-209, Advanced Quantitative Methods I, this course focuses on developing the theoretical basis and practical application of the most common tools of empirical research. In particular, we will study how and when empirical research can make causal claims. Methods covered include randomized evaluations, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, and difference-in-differences. Foundations of analysis will be coupled with hands-on examples and assignments involving the analysis of data sets.

Prerequisite: API-209 or permission of instructor. This course is open to non-MPA/ID students only by permission of instructor. May not be taken for credit with API-202.