The Workshop on Quantitative Research Methods in Education, Health, and Social Sciences (QMEHSS) serves as an important venue on the University of Chicago campus for building an intellectual community of colleagues who share methodological interests. Workshop participants meet biweekly to discuss working papers and brainstorm solutions to methodological problems encountered in ongoing research. Participants have included faculty members, researchers, and students from the Social Sciences Division, Health Studies, Statistics, Public Policy, the National Opinion Research Center, the Consortium for Chicago School Research, and colleagues from the University of Illinois in Chicago. In addition, we have invited speakers from other major universities to share with us their latest work. 

Due to covid restrictions, all workshops for the 2022-2023 academic year will be held virtually via Zoom until further notice. 

A pre-workshop session is designed to prepare students for active participation in intellectual discourse in the workshop. The pre-workshop sessions will be held in a hybrid format this year (2022-2023) before each workshop session, and will be scheduled at the beginning of each quarter based on MAPSS QMSA students’ schedules. Please contact Yanyan Sheng ( for specific information about attending pre-workshop session. 

If you would like to be added to the workshop email list please email Aasha Francis, Administrative Specialist

Autumn 2022





October 14, 2022

Jinghsu Wang, Assistant Professor Department of Statistics, University of Chicago

Mendelian Randomization for Causal inference of heritable phenotypic risk factors

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Recommended reading here


October 21, 2022

Azeem Shaikh, Professor Department of Economics, University of Chicago

Inference for Ranks with Applications to Mobility across Neighborhoods
and Academic Achievement across Countries

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November 4, 2022

Anton Strezhnev, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Decomposing Regression Triple-Differences with Staggered Adoption

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November 18, 2022

Monica Rosenberg, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago

Building Generalized Models of Attention from Functional Brain Connectivity

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December 2, 2022

Veronika Rockova, Professor of Econometrics and Statistics, and James S. Kemper Foundation Faculty Scholar



Adversarial Bayesian Simulation

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Winter 2023

January 13, 2023

Andrew Gelman, Professor of Statistics, Columbia University 

Bayesian Methods in Causal Inference and Decision Making

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January 20, 2023

Yoosoon Chang, Professor of Economics, Indiana University Bloomington

How Does Economic Activity Interact with Climate? What We Learn from Global Temperature Anomaly Distributions

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January 27, 2023

Marc Henry, Professor of Economics, Penn State

Partially Identified Roy Models and Occupational Segregation

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February 10, 2023

Jiaying Gu, Assistant Professor, Economics, University of Toronto

Counterfactual Identification and Latent Space Enumeration in Discrete Outcome Models

February 24, 2023

Michael Peress, Associate Professor, Political Science, Stonybrook University 

Estimating the Persuasive Effects of Advertising in Presidential Primary Elections

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March 3, 2023

Anna Mikusheva, Professor, Department of Economics, MIT 

Linear Regression with Weak Exogeneity

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Spring 2023

March 31, 2023

Molly Offer-Westort, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Chicago

Adaptive experimental designs for policy learning and evaluation, with applications to a Facebook Messenger study on vaccine confidence

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April 14, 2023

Stephen Stigler, Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus
Department of Statistics and the College

Learning from the past: What a rigorously randomized social survey from 200 years ago can tell us about attitudes toward risk

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April 28, 2023

Xi Song, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

A Mobility Model of Occupations, Opportunities, and Outlook: Linking Administrative and Survey Data

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May 12, 2023

Steven Durlauf, Steans Professor in Educational Policy and the Director of the Stone Center for Research on Wealth Inequality and Mobility at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

“A Trajectories-Based Approach To Measuring Intergenerational Mobility,” coauthored with Yoosoon Chang, Indiana University; Seunghee Lee, and Joon Y. Park

May 26, 2023

2023 Virtual Exhibit of Student Research

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