Workshop Machine Learning and Causal Inference

Start date

Friday, 1 Jun 2018, 09:00

End date

Friday, 1 Jun 2018, 18:30

M1-17 (Tokyo)
Van der Goot Building
Campus Woudestein
Dinner at Euromast (by invitation only)
Workshop Machine Learning and Causal Inference

Sustained by the 'big data frenzy', methods from Machine Learning have been cross-fertilizing a variety of fields. One of the open questions is how these methods could be used for causal inference. The aim of the workshop is to bring together experts in economics, econometrics, statistics and optimization, working on theoretical and applied research at the intersection of machine learning and causal inference, to deliberate on the recent developments in these areas.



09:00 – 9:30                     

Registration and Refreshments 
 Session 1 (Keynote Talk) 
09:30 - 10:30Guido Imbens (Stanford)
Fixed Effect Models and Some Flexible Alternatives Using Machine Learning Methods (joint with Dmitry Archangelsky)
10:30 - 10:45Coffee Break 
 Session 2 - Machine Learning in OR and CS 
10:45 - 11:00

Gui Liberali (RSM) 
Active Learning Models: Challenges and Opportunities

11:00– 11:45Joris Mooij (UVA) 
Markov and other properties of cyclic Structural Causal Models.

Workshop transcript (pdf)

12:15 – 13:30Lunch (at Paviljoen) 
 Session 3 - Machine Learning in Econometrics 
13:30 – 14:15Yinchu Zhu (Oregon),
"An Exact and Robust Conformal Inference Method for Counterfactual and Synthetic Controls" (joint with Victor Chemozhukov and Kasper Wüthrich)
Workshop transcript (pdf)
14:15 – 15:00Xiaoxia Shi (Wisconsin-Madison),
"Inference on Estimators defined by Mathematical Programming" (Joint with Yu-Wei Hsieh and Matthew Shum)
15:00 -15:15Coffee Break 
 Session 4 - Machine Learning in Economics 
15:15 – 16:00Rachael Meager (LSE),
"Aggregating Distributional Treatment Effects: A Bayesian Hierarchical Analysis of the Microcredit Literature"
16:00 -16:45Elliott Ash (Warwick),
"What really drives tax policy? The effective tax code" (Paper)
16:45 – 17:30Closing Drinks 
 Dinner at Euromast from 18:30 (by invitation only) 

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Please register using the Online Form. Deadline for registration is 20 May 2018.


Participants are kindly requested to book their hotel themselves. Hotel Novotel Rotterdam Brainpark is within walking distance of the Woudestein Campus. Hotel Emma is located at the city center and is easily accessible by public transport.


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For more information please contact Anneke Kop and Sara Kuiper at