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Livestream Seminar

Instrumental Variables

A 4-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Felix Elwert
Course Dates:

Tuesday, June 7, 2022 –
Friday, June 10, 2022

Schedule:
10:30am-12:30pm ET (New York time): Live session via Zoom
1:30pm-3:00pm ET: Live session via Zoom
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This course offers an in-depth survey of modern instrumental variables (IV) analysis. IV analysis is an important quasi-experimental technique with numerous applications in economics, the social and biomedical sciences, business, marketing, and education.

IVs allow us to get unbiased estimates of causal effects even when there is selection bias, unobserved confounding, or imperfect compliance. The technique applies equally to randomized trials and observational studies. IV analysis is a very powerful tool—as long as the underlying assumptions are met.

Starting June 7, we are offering this seminar as a 4-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. Participants are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if they are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. 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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"It is easy to follow for everyone..."

“The explanations are really clear, as is the structure of the lectures. It is easy to follow for everyone (I already had IV courses in BSc and MSc).”

Tess Bardy

University of Lucerne

“This seminar was very helpful!"

“This seminar was very helpful! Felix is a wonderful instructor who paced things well and fostered good participant interaction. I particularly appreciated the focus on using graphical models to aid intuition. I feel much better prepared to finalize and defend my approach to using instrumental variables in my dissertation.”

Catherine Manly

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“Felix excels at making abstract and complicated ideas accessible..."

“Felix excels at making abstract and complicated ideas accessible to a general audience by combining them with concrete, real-life examples. As a statistician, I feel that I learned a lot from his lecture by viewing statistical models and methods from applied perspectives.”

Lu Mao

University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Felix is an amazing instructor..."

“Felix is an amazing instructor. He is very knowledgeable on the topic and is also very passionate about the subject. He explains the materials very clearly and I am even thinking of taking this course again.”

Carmen Tekwe

Texas A&M University

"Elwert clearly masters all technical knowledge on this subject..."

“I am very pleased by this course and the amount I learned in just two days exceeded my expectations. Elwert clearly masters all technical knowledge on this subject, and combines it with sound knowledge on application. Moreover, Elwert is very pedagogical and patiently answers all questions. I would definitely recommend this course to colleagues.”

Tarjei Widding-Havneraas

Haukeland University Hospital