Measuring Causal Effects in the Social Sciences

About this course: How can we know if the differences in wages between men and women are caused by discrimination or differences in background characteristics? In this PhD-level 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.

Created by:   University of Copenhagen

  • Anders Holm
    Taught by:    Anders Holm, Professor
    Department of Sociology
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The Nature of Causal Effects and How to Measure Them
Welcome to the first week of the course! Thıs week we are looking at the nature of causal effects and how to measure them.  

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  1. Reading: Course information
  2. Video: Lecture 1 - The Nature of Causal Effects and How to Measure Them
Graded: Module 1 Lecture Quiz
Graded: Module 1 Case Quiz
The Multivariate Regression Model and Mediating Factors
This second module introduces you multivariate regression model and the concept of mediating factors. 

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  1. Video: Lecture 2 - The Multivariate Regression Model and Mediating Factors
Graded: Module 2 Lecture Quiz
Graded: Module 2 Case Quiz
Randomized Controlled Trials
In this third week of the course we are having a closer look at causality and the randomzied controlled trial. 

1 video
  1. Video: Lecture 3 - Randomized Controlled Trials
Graded: Module 3 Lecture Quiz
Graded: Module 3 Case Quiz
Instrumental Variables
The fourth week of the course we will go through the concept of instrumental variables. 

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  1. Video: Lecture 4 - Instrumental Variables
Graded: Module 4 Lecture Quiz
Graded: Module 4a Case Quiz
Graded: Module 4b Case Quiz
Difference in Difference
The final module of the course deals with the difference in difference. We hope you enjoyed the course and have learned something that you can use in your future work and research.  

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  1. Video: Lecture 5 - Difference in Difference
Graded: Module 5 Lecture Quiz
Graded: Module 5 Case Cuiz
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