Thad Dunning

Thad Dunning, Research Talk: Is Paying Taxes Habit Forming? Theory and Evidence from Uruguay

Tuesday, April 4, 12:30PM-1:30PM (specialized talk) Bryan Hall, Room 229 (English Faculty Lounge) Abstract Citizens can develop persistent, self-reinforcing habits of interaction with tax bureaucracies and other organs of the state. Yet, policy interventions can also foster or disrupt habits, often with unanticipated consequences. We study a policy in Montevideo, Uruguay that randomly assigns tax…

Thad Dunning

Thad Dunning Public Talk: Experiments, External Validity, and Cumulative Learning: the EGAP Metaketa Approach

Tuesday, April 4, 4:00PM-5:00PM (general talk) Wilson Hall, Room 402 Abstract Scholars have rightly emphasized the difficulty of accumulating knowledge from distinct experimental studies. In addition to problems such as non-transparent reporting and publication bias, differences in interventions, outcomes, and context can make it difficult to discern what drives contrasting findings. Unplanned replication has difficultly…

Sally Hudson

Sally Hudson of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

Thursday, March 23 12:30PM-1:30PM Sally Hudson of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy Nau Hall, Room 342 Abstract Randomized evaluations show that Teach for America (TFA) teachers outperform colleagues in boosting achievement at hard-to-staff schools. Despite this cross-sectional evidence, TFA’s long-run effects remain unknown, a key concern for policymakers. High turnover among…

Call for Quantitative Collaborative Seed Grant Proposals

The Quantitative Collaborative (QC), a strategic initiative sponsored by the Dean’s Office of the College of Arts and Sciences, aims to transform quantitative research and teaching in the social sciences at the University of Virginia and directly to shape public policy at the highest levels. The QC nurtures through its four core thematic areas—Data Analysis/Quantitative…

Quantitative Collaborative Internal Faculty Sabbatical

The Quantitative Collaborative (QC), an initiative supported the College of Arts and Sciences, is dedicated to transforming quantitative research and teaching in the social sciences at the University of Virginia and directly to shape public policy at the highest levels. The QC nurtures nascent partnerships across the quantitative social sciences in the exploration of new…

Call for 2017 Bynum Grants

An integral part of the mission of the Quantitative Collaborative (QC) is to improve the quality of graduate education in quantitatively oriented fields at the University of Virginia. Our graduate student affiliate program, to which you all belong, is an important means to this end. The QC steering committee collectively decided two years ago to…

Tom Guterbock Modeling the Costs of RDD Telephone Interviewing in the United States

Tom Guterbock: Modeling the Costs of RDD Telephone Interviewing in the United States

Lunch will be provided Fri, Feb 24 12:00—1:00 New Cabell 398 This talk will describe a way of decomposing the per-interview cost of telephone interview data collection into distinct components. We will first review recent work by Dutwin and Lavrakas that probes the recent declines in telephone response rates and the associated increases in telephone…