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Explanations in the Social Sciences

On October 17, 2019, Dr. Teppei Yamamoto of  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will deliver a public seminar, held as part of the Academic Leaders Program lecture series. At the beginning of this event, which is organized by the Center for Positive/Empirical Analysis of Political Economy of the Top Global University Project at Waseda University, President Aiji Tanaka will give an opening remarks.


Over the past 15 years, political science has seen a rapid increase in the use of empirical methods and research designs for causal inference. A large majority of these methods, however, are targeted toward the narrow goal of identifying simple cause-and-effect relationships between two variables that hold on average, such as the average treatment effects (ATE). The limited scope of the existing methodological literature often forces political scientists to focus on estimating causal quantities that do not directly correspond to the theoretical questions of true interest. In this lecture, I provide an overview of the emerging body of methodological research that combats this increasing divergence between the theoretical and the empirical in the discipline. Specifically, I discuss statistical and experimental methods for analyzing complex causal questions that go beyond traditional quantities of interest such as the ATE, highlighting several of the key recent developments in the analysis of causal mechanisms and explanations, including my own contributions. (Dr. Teppei Yamamoto)

Event information

Date & Time: October 17 (Thursday) 2019, 13:00-14:30
Venue: Room 501, Building #3, Waseda Campus, Waseda University
* Please use the escalator to come to Room 501 because the elevator does not stop at the 5th floor.
Language: English
Open to students, faculty members, and the general public
Participation: Free admissions, no registration required
Speaker : Teppei Yamamoto, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Contact: Yuriko Takahashi, Faculty of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University at [email protected]
Sponsor: Center for Positive/Empirical Analysis of Political Economy, Waseda University

** For those who need special consideration**

If you would like to request PC text interpretation, sign language interpretation, guidance inside the classroom, etc., please consult with us 2 weeks prior to the date of the event. We will try our best to accommodate your request. Thank you.

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