Biannual Mid-Atlantic Causal Inference Workshop

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Biannual Mid-Atlantic Causal Inference Workshop

sponsored by the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy

at Columbia University

This two-day workshop is the fourth in a series of conferences held alternately at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Johns Hopkins University. It has evolved into a conference series focused on young researchers from the mid-Atlantic region although anyone who is interested is encouraged to attend. The workshop is intended to provide a forum for researchers across disciplines interested in causal inference to present their work and to exchange ideas. There will be 12 speakers and 6 discussants total (see schedule below).
Date and Location: Friday January 12th 9am-5pm (with reception to follow from 5pm-7pm) and Saturday January 13th from 10am to 1pm. Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Room 1512

Friday January 12th

9:00- 9:30 Coffee/tea and light breakfast
9:30-10:00 Eric Tchetgen and Ling-Ling Li, Harvard University

“Robust and Honest Confidence Intervals for Causal Effects with High-Dimensional Data”

10:00-10:30 Brian Egleston, Fox Chase Cancer Center

“Sensitivity Analysis to Account for a Nonignorable Missing Covariate in the Estimation of SACE”

10:30-10:45 Discussant: Marshall Joffe, University of Pennsylvania
10:45-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:30 Robin Mogg, Merck

“Tackling Selection Bias in HIV Immunotherapy Trials”

11:30-12:00 Paul Rosenbaum, University of Pennsylvania

“Heterogeneity and Causality: Unit Heterogeneity and Design Sensitivity in Observational Studies”

12:00-12:15 Discussant: Miguel Hernán, Harvard University
12:15-2:00 Lunch break (lunch provided)
2:00-2:30 Dylan Small, University of Pennsylvania

“A Stochastic Monotonicity Assumption for the Instrumental Variables Method”

2:30-3:00 Kosuke Imai, Princeton University

“Statistical Analysis of Randomized Experiments with Nonignorable Missing Binary Outcomes”

3:00-3:15 Discussant: Elizabeth Stuart, Johns Hopkins
3:15-3:30 Coffee break
3:30-4:00 Howard Bloom, Manpower Demonstration Research Corp.

“Using Short Interrupted Time-Series Analysis to Evaluate a Place-based Employment Program”

4:00-4:30 Peter Schochet, Mathematica Policy Research

4:30-4:45 Discussant: Robinson Hollister, Swarthmore College

5:00-7:00 Poster session during wine and cheese reception
A group dinner will be organized for this night for those that want to attend.

Saturday January 13th

9:30-10:00 Coffee/tea and light breakfast
10:00-10:30 Constantine Frangakis, Johns Hopkins University

10:30-11:00 Weiwei Wang, Johns Hopkins University

“Optimal Estimator of the Causal Effect in an Outcome-dependent Design”

11:00-11:15 Discussant: Katherine Hoggatt, University of Michigan

11:15-11:30 Coffee break
11:30-12:00 Alberto Abadie, Harvard University

“Synthetic Control Methods for Comparative Case Studies:

Estimating the Effect of California’s Tobacco Control Program”

12:00-12:30 Doug Almond, Columbia University

12:30-12:45 Discussant: Jennifer Hill, Columbia University

Poster Session: A poster session open to all interested participants will be held on the evening of January 12th during the wine and cheese reception. Posters are not to exceed 4’x 8’ and push pins will be provided. Please e-mail Adelina Ana at with the title of your poster or for questions.
Registration: To secure your space at the workshop all you need to do is mail the below registration form to Adelina Ana at the address on the form or email to by January 2nd. Registration is free, but it is important that we receive the registration form so that an appropriate number of lunches can be ordered and the room can be configured to accommodate the number of people attending.

Directions: The International Affairs Building is a 5-minute walk from several subway lines and is directly next to several. bus stops. A map and directions via several forms of transportation are provided on the final two pages.
Questions: For questions about the workshop, contact the organizer, Jennifer Hill, at .

Registration Form for Causal Workshop:
Student __ Non-Student __
I will attend

both days___ just Friday_____ just Saturday_____

Will you be present for lunch on Friday?

yes_____ no______

Email to Adelina Ana at or mail to her at:
Columbia University

School of International and Public Affairs

420 W. 118th St., MC 3328

New York, NY 10027

Visitor Information

The Columbia campus on Morningside Heights is located at Broadway and116th Street in Manhattan. The School of International and Public Affairs is located at 420 West 118th Street between Amsterdam Avenue and Morningside Drive. Be aware that when you enter the building, "street level" is considered the fourth floor.

By Train or Bus

Trains to New York arrive at Grand Central Station or Pennsylvania Station, while buses stop at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Visitors arriving at these stations can take either public transportation or a taxi north to the campus.

By New York City Public Transportation

Five bus lines (M4, M5, M11, M60, M104) and one subway line (the #1 local) serve the Columbia neighborhood. The M60 bus is a direct link between campus and LaGuardia Airport. The Columbia stop is 116th Street. Note that if you take the express trains #2 or #3, you must transfer to the #1 local at 96th Street. The #2 and #3 trains do not stop at Columbia University.

By Car from the North

Take the New York Thruway (I-87) or the New England Thruway (I-95) south to the Cross Bronx Expressway (I-95) in the direction of the George Washington Bridge. Take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south (the last exit before the bridge). Exit the parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive. Go north on Riverside Drive to 116th Street. Turn right and go two blocks to Broadway and the University's main gate. Please note that the main gate is not open to traffic.

By Car from the South or West

Take the New Jersey Turnpike north or I-80 east to the George Washington Bridge. As you cross the bridge, take the exit for the Henry Hudson Parkway south. Exit the parkway at West 95th Street and Riverside Drive and follow the directions "From Riverside Drive and 95th Street," below.

By Car from New York Airports

From LaGuardia: Take the Grand Central Parkway west to the Triborough Bridge, to Manhattan. Follow 125th Street across Manhattan 12 blocks to Broadway, which is under an elevated subway structure. Turn left onto Broadway and go south to 116th Street.

From Kennedy: Take the Van Wyck Expressway (I-678) to the Whitestone Bridge and across. Get onto I-95 south and follow the directions in "By Car from the North," above.

From Newark: Follow directions in "By Car from the South or West," above.


You may park on the street or use the local parking garages. The 512-520 Garage is located at the corner of 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue; the Riverside Church Parking Garage is located on 120th Street between Claremont Avenue and Riverside Drive; the GMC Garage is located on 122nd Street between Broadway and Amsterdam (Seminary Row).

By Air

For visitors coming into LaGuardia, Kennedy, or Newark airports, taxi service is available to the campus (about $25 from LaGuardia; from Kennedy a flat rate of $45 plus tolls), and there is bus service to Grand Central Station and the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Bus service directly from LaGuardia airport to Columbia, the M60 city bus, is also available.

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