Lecture 01 - Index Cards Name Major, year Hometown...

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Index Cards Name Major, year Hometown Statistics classes you’ve taken Policy Interests (e.g., health, education, welfare, business, int’l development, etc.) Self - Portrait
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PAM 3300: Causal Reasoning and Policy Evaluation Professor Jordan Matsudaira jdm296 TAs: Margaret Jones - mrj62 Matthew Sweeney - mjs289
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Goals of this Course To learn to evaluate causal claims made in public policy research. For example … Immigration Policy: “Immigrants harm the economic well- being of black Americans by taking away employment opportunities.” Education/Affirmative Action: “Students learn more in a diverse environment.” Nutrition/Health: “The spread of fast-food restaurants is causing an obesity epidemic.” International Development: “Washing after sex may raise the risk of contracting HIV.”
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Really!? An example…
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(NYT, Aug.21,2007): Uganda study of 2,552 men. “The researchers asked about when and how the men
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