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June 2019

Second Annual Robert Mare Student Lectureship: Carolina Arteaga, PhD (c) Economics, UCLA

June 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: Essays in Education and Crime in Colombia Abstract: This dissertation contains three essays in applied microeconomics. In the first chapter paper I test whether the return to college education is the result of human capital accumulation or instead reflects the fact that attending college signals higher ability to employers.  The second chapter provides evidence that parental incarceration increases children’s educational attainment. Finally, in the third chapter I derive a new expression that extends the Local Average Treatment Effect concept,…

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May 2019

Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States, 5201 Sumner Ave United States

Title: The Incidence of Public Subsidies to Private Hospitals under Weak Governance: Evidence from India (joint with Radhika Jain) Abstract: Expanding public health insurance and enlisting private agents for service delivery are common policy strategies to meet the goals of universal health coverage, but there is limited evidence from developing countries to inform their design. This paper, joint with Radhika Jain from Harvard School of Public Health, provides quantitative evidence on how insurance design affects program performance and incidence in…

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Gender and Water: Andrea Ballestero, “A Future History of Water”

May 16 @ 12:45 pm - 2:15 pm
352 Haines Hall

Hosted by UCLA Department of Anthropology Culture, Power, and Social Change Interest Group. Part of Gender and Water In this book talk, Andrea Ballestero will discuss how to think anthropologically about the techno-legal devices used to deal with the politics of water in the present and in the yet to come. Ballestero will focus on the work of regulators in Costa Rica and how they use pricing formulas and the consumer price index to imagine their responsibility for society and…

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Gender and Water: Andrea Ballestero, “A Future History of Water”

May 16 @ 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm
352 Haines Hall

Hosted by UCLA Department of Anthropology Culture, Power, and Social Change Interest Group. Part of Gender and Water In this book talk, Andrea Ballestero will discuss how to think anthropologically about the techno-legal devices used to deal with the politics of water in the present and in the yet to come. Ballestero will focus on the work of regulators in Costa Rica and how they use pricing formulas and the consumer price index to imagine their responsibility for society and…

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Tomas Jimenez, Stanford University

May 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
4240 Public Affairs Bldg

Title: The Other Side of Assimilation: How Immigrants are Changing American Life Abstract: The immigration patterns of the last three decades have profoundly changed nearly every aspect of life in the United States. What do those changes mean for the most established Americans—those whose families have been in the country for multiple generations? The Other Side of Assimilation shows that assimilation is not a one-way street. Jiménez explains how established Americans undergo their own assimilation in response to profound immigration-driven…

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Brandon Stewart, Princeton University

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States, 101 Sumner Ave, United States, 101 C St United States

Title: How to Make Causal Inferences Using Texts Abstract: Texts are increasingly used to make causal inferences: either with the document serving as the treatment or the outcome. We introduce a new conceptual framework to understand all text-based causal inferences, demonstrate fundamental problems that arise when using manual or computational approaches applied to text for causal inference, and provide solutions to the problems we raise.  We demonstrate that all text-based causal inferences depend upon a latent representation of the text and we provide a framework to learn the latent representation.  Estimating this latent representation, however, creates new risks: we may unintentionally create a dependency across observations or create opportunities to fish for…

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Brandon Stewart, Princeton University

May 8 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States, 5201 Sumner Ave United States

Title: How to Make Causal Inferences Using Texts Abstract: Texts are increasingly used to make causal inferences: either with the document serving as the treatment or the outcome. We introduce a new conceptual framework to understand all text-based causal inferences, demonstrate fundamental problems that arise when using manual or computational approaches applied to text for causal inference, and provide solutions to the problems we raise.  We demonstrate that all text-based causal inferences depend upon a latent representation of the text and we provide a framework to learn the latent representation. Estimating this latent representation, however, creates new risks: we may unintentionally create a dependency across observations or create opportunities to fish for…

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Susan Athey, Stanford University

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States, 101 Sumner Ave, United States, 101 C St United States

Title: “Estimating Heterogeneous Treatment Effects and Optimal Treatment Assignment Policies” Abstract: This talk will review recently developed methods for estimating conditional average treatment effects and optimal treatment assignment policies in experimental and observational studies, including settings with unconfoundedness or instrumental variables.  Multi-armed bandits for learning treatment assignment policies will also be considered.

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Susan Athey, Stanford University

May 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
CCPR Seminar Room, 4240 Public Affairs Building, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States, 5201 Sumner Ave United States

Title: Estimating Heterogeneous Treatment Effects and Optimal Treatment Assignment Policies Abstract: This talk will review recently developed methods for estimating conditional average treatment effects and optimal treatment assignment policies in experimental and observational studies, including settings with unconfoundedness or instrumental variables.  Multi-armed bandits for learning treatment assignment policies will also be considered. Co-sponsored with the Center for Social Statistics More on Prof. Athey    

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April 2019

Workshop: UCLA IRB Application Process

April 25 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
CA

Workshop: UCLA IRB Application Process Presentation by Moore Rhys Assistant Director, Education and Quality, Office of the Human Research Protection Program, UCLA This workshop will provide an overview of the UCLA IRB application process and related policies and procedures. Learning goals for this workshop include: 1)      Understanding when IRB review is required and when it is not 2)      Identifying what training is required for conducting human subject research and how to complete it 3)      Understanding how to get started in…

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