Summer Causal Inference 1 and 2 Workshops
Beijing, Tokyo and Australia accommodating timezones
Well, spring 2023 for Mixtape Sessions platform has come to a close. We had 8 workshops total on the platform. They were:
Causal Inference 1 (Me)
Causal Inference 2 (Me)
Machine Learning and Causal Inference (Brigham Frandsen)
Advanced Difference in Differences (Jon Roth)
Synthetic Control and Clustering (Alberto Abadie)
Doing Applied Research (Mark Anderson and Dan Rees)
Machine Learning and Heterogenous Treatment Effects (Brigham Frandsen)
Regression Discontinuity Design (Rocío Titiunik)
A total of 1,434 registered for these workshops from all over the world — 213 from low income countries alone. My vision of continuing to bridge people all over the world at very low prices ($1 for residents of low income countries, $50 for residents of middle income countries, as well as students, predocs, postdocs and people in-between jobs, and $595 all others) with econometrics and causal inference training, mostly taught by experts in the field, I think is continuing to be a valuable contribution. And the hope is that we can continue that.
One of the things that has made all this possible is Zoom and the widespread acceptance of it as a way to share knowledge through the “workshop” production function. But this also has some coordination issues as I am on central time zone in Waco Texas, but much of the world is 6-12 hours ahead. So, this summer, I am doing my flagship courses at unusual times that I hope is more accommodating for places like Tokyo, Beijing and Australia. I will be teaching the workshops at 7am Beijing and 8am Tokyo. You can click through to these workshops below:
Causal Inference 1 (Fundamentals, unconfoundedness, IV and RDD) will be taught June 16, 17, 23 and 24 from 7am to 4pm GMT+8 times.
Causal Inference II (DiD and synthetic control) will be taught July 15, 16, 22 and 23 from 7am to 4pm GMT+8 times.
Starting in the fall, though, we will be doing some renaming of all these workshops and their corresponding “tracks”. The three types of tracks will be: “The Classics” (taught by me in three workshops: Causal Inference 1, 2 and 3), “Singles” and “Deep Cuts”. Expect soon a more thorough description of who and what these are to be. But starting this fall, Causal Inference 2 will only be difference-in-differences (still 4-day) and Causal Inference 3 will only be synthetic control (2-day). The hope is that this way more time can be spent coding in difference-in-differences with less hurry, and synth can be the same. Singles are like advanced workshops on one of the above designs (e.g., RDD by Titiunik, synth by Abadie) whereas “Deep Cuts” are going to be a bit more advanced and things taught by workshop experts that maybe weren’t covered before. I’ll explain more soon.
But in the meantime, check out the summer courses. Email me, as always, at email@example.com if you want to see if you are eligible for a promo code. Remember, the $50 for residents of middle income countries isn’t just for students — it’s for anyone who lives in a middle income country, even PhDs, professors, or whatever.
So thank you again for supporting Mixtape Sessions. I am excited about the things we have planned and have a few more things that I hope to announce soon, including a new annual program called “Mixtape Fellows” in which a small cash gift is given to anyone to help them in a project to improve it in a way that they alone can decide. We have inaugural Fellows chosen already, which was sort of a bit of an idea that came about during one-on-ones in office hours, but next year there will be more of a process. My hope is to continue “paying it forward”, as Al Roth encouraged me once to do, through the Mixtape Fellows thing. I’ll explain more of it later once I figure out the right language. But thanks again for supporting this. I have more stuff planned that I hope to share soon. Peace!