WHYDC Symposium 2022

WHYDC Symposium on Policy Evaluation and Causal Inference 2022
November 13-16, 2022

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This is a Symposium focused on methods and implementation of causal inference methods, organized by Austin Nichols, and co-sponsored by Stata. <hr> The WHY Symposium is devoted to the use of causal inference methods in policy research. The Symposium features talks on methods (including presentations on differences-in-differences research, bunching methods for tax policy, NLP and other machine learning methods, equitable evaluation, advances in experimental design, statistical adjustment, instrumental variables, control functions, external validity in experiments, measurement error, regression discontinuity and kink designs, & endogenous sample selection) and applied papers on education, taxes, and social insurance. Sessions with presentations and discussion are mixed with opportunities for informal mingling both on site and at nearby locations, including distillery and winery tours, lunches, and a 5K run (with optional hiking, or walking along the canal). Sessions will be hosted by the National Academy of Social Insurance, in the conference facility at their headquarters, at 1441 L St NW, in DC. <hr> The first WHY Symposium, WHYKY in Kentucky was co-sponsored by Stata and the College of Business at the University of Louisville, and co-organized by Jose Manuel Fernandez at the University of Louisville. We have chosen to relocate the Symposium to DC this year to protect the health and safety of all participants. <hr>

How to attend:

  1. Sign up here to present a paper or select the option to simply attend and not present, if you prefer. You can also sign up to participate in optional conference events on that form.
    Proposed presentations can be work in progress or finished work, on methods or applications of causal inference to any policy-relevant questions, preferably in the social sciences. After you submit a proposal, please pay the registration fee by August 31, 2022; registrations paid up after 8/31 will be tentative (accepted subject to space being available).
  2. Book hotels for Sunday to Wednesday (November 12 to 16), as needed
Registration options
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Schedule: see PDF with details here

  • Pre-conference activity, Sunday 13 Nov.
    • 9am pick-up at 1441 L St NW
    • 9:45am Run/hike/walk at Great Falls and along the C&O Canal
    • Noon-3pm Glenstone art museum (indoors and out), with lunch
    • 3pm Rocklands Farm Winery
    • 6pm Bus pick-up
    • 6:30pm Bus drop-off at 1441 L St NW, dinner on your own in DC
  • Symposium Day 1: Monday 14 Nov.
    • 9:30am Meet at 1441 L St NW
    • 10am Session 1
    • 11am Session 2
    • Noon lunch & Session 3
    • 1pm Session 4
    • 2pm Session 5
    • 3pm Scavenger Hunt near Dupont Circle
    • 5pm Rooftop happy hour, followed by dinner on your own in DC
  • Day 2: Tuesday 15 Nov.
    • 9:30am Meet at 1441 L St NW
    • 10am Session 1
    • 11am Session 2
    • Noon lunch & Session 3
    • 1pm Session 4
    • 2pm Session 5
    • 3-7pm distillery tours in Ivy City, Don Ciccio & Figli and One Eight Distilling, followed by dinner on your own in DC
  • Day 3: Wednesday 16 Nov.
    • 9:30am Meet at 1441 L St NW
    • 10am Session 1
    • 11am Session 2
    • Noon lunchtime Session 3
    • 1pm Session 4
    • 2pm Session 5
    • 5pm Jack Rose happy hour (APPAM registration is 4-7pm, two blocks to the west, probably followed by a 7pm reception)