PUBPOL 750-003/EDUC 747-: Causal Inference in Education Research
10:33-10:33 am EST
This course explores the use of experiments and quasi-experiments in education research. We will examine papers that use advanced research methods such as instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, natural experiments, differences-in-differences, and randomized trials.
Students will produce a substantial, original piece of research. Research options include testing an original hypothesis using data; critically reviewing the existing research on a topic; and formulating a detailed research design. This class is ideal for PhD students early in their dissertation phase, as well as for advanced master's students who plan to work with empirical research in a professional setting. An introductory course in regression analysis is required (e.g., EDUC 795 PUBPOL 569).
Professor of Public Policy, Education, and Economics; Co-Director, Education Policy Initiative
Dynarski's education policy research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. She serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative and is a faculty research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.