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Difference in Differences - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Nick Huntington-Klein
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

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This course offers an overview of difference-in-differences (DID) methodology. DID compares before/after differences for a treated group against before/after differences for a group that did not receive treatment at that time to estimate a causal effect of treatment.

Difference-in-differences can be applied in many settings, and is probably the most-used quasi-experimental design in the modern quantitative social sciences. Learning to use and evaluate DID designs is crucial for policy evaluation and understanding the applied causal inference literature. However, using DID appropriately can be tricky, and several poor practices have become common in the literature (especially in regards to rollout designs where different groups receive treatment at different times).

In this course, we will address the fundamentals of difference-in-differences methods in depth, with special attention to the many details of execution. We will also evaluate several studies so that participants will be able to understand and use findings from the published literature that uses DID methods, such as work on minimum wage or immigration.

Starting February 9, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously. 

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

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"Nick is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of DID.” 

“The instructor explained everything very well. The many hands-on exercises and code that were provided were great. Everything closely matched with the recent developments in DID. Nick is extremely knowledgeable on the topic of DID.” 

Adem Orsdemir

University of California, Riverside

I learned a lot and plan to use his textbook in the stats class I am teaching.” 

“Nick was great. He explained difficult concepts really clearly. I learned a lot and plan to use his textbook in the stats class I am teaching.” 

Aaron Gottlieb

The University of Chicago