Causal inference workshops this summer

The basic is at Northwestern, the advanced at Duke; more info here. I attended the first version of the basic workshop several years ago. It was a bit disjointed (not surprising, given that it was the first iteration). The best aspect of the workshop are the big guns they bring in – I heard lectures…

“Closing the social class achievement gap” paper

A colleague at NCSU asked my opinion of this paper, which tests the effect of a diversity education intervention on GPA. In general, the paper is quite detailed and the analysis carefully done. But the authors find that their intervention has quite an impact: This main effect was qualified, however, by the predicted interaction of…

Faculty discrimination against females and minority students

Mike Bastedo sent this to me; it’s a field experiment looking at how faculty respond to email requests from prospective doctoral students of different races and gender. Their Figure 2 is pretty amazing; I would not have guessed the differential was so large within the field of education (although note the size of the standard…

Springer withdraws 16 gibberish publications

Luckily, none of them were mine: The publishers Springer and IEEE are removing more than 120 papers from their subscription services after a French researcher discovered that the works were computer-generated nonsense. Over the past two years, computer scientist Cyril LabbĂ© of Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France, has catalogued computer-generated papers that made it…