Oct 10th 2016

Measuring Causal Effects in the Social Sciences (Coursera)

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How can we know if the differences in wages between men and women are caused by discrimination or differences in background characteristics? In this course we look at causal effects as opposed to spurious relationships. We will discuss how they can be identified in the social sciences using quantitative data, and describe how this can help us understand social mechanisms.


Week 1: The Nature of Causal Effects and How to Measure Them

Week 2: The Multivariate Regression Model and Mediating Factors

Week 3: Randomized Controlled Trials

Week 4: Instrumental Variables

Week 5: Difference in Difference