Monday, April 29, 2013

Experimental social science conference at Stanford

West Coast Experiments Conference, May 10, register by May 1....

WCE.2013, Stanford University: The sixth annual meeting of the West Coast Experiments Conference will be held at Stanford University on Friday, May 10.
We encourage anyone with an interest in experiments to attend; graduate students are especially welcome, as well as those who are new to experimental research. The WCE conference is organized more as a methods "workshop" than as a venue to engage in subfield debates. Presenters focus on one or two methodological take away points of their experimental work. The goal is to give the audience applied, practical advice on methods and design in a way that will help them improve their own experimental research.
The WCE conference is a single day meeting, starting at 9 and ending after dinner. Although we do not have the money to cover travel or lodging expenses, we will provide all meals on that day and we promise a good conversation.

The conference will be held in the Koret Taube Conference Center at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), located at 366 Galvez Street.
Presentations include (in no particular order):
Social experiments that really matter in the real world:
Advances in statistical methods for counterfactual inference:
  • Guido Imbens (Stanford Graduate School of Business): Some comments on stratification and re-randomization in randomized experiments
  • Luke Keele (Penn State Political Science): Conditioning on posttreatment quantities with structural mean models
Experimental design in political psychology applications:
  • Jennifer Merolla (CGU Political Science): Methodological issues surrounding the use of theDynamic Process Tracing Environment (DPTE)
  • Eric Dickson (NYU Political Science): "Legitimacy and Enforcement: An Experimental Investigation" (using experimental games to measure psychological quantities and parse psychological mechanisms, joint work with Sandy Gordon and Greg Huber)
  • Gabriel Lenz (Berkeley Political Science): Identifying the effect of candidate appearance on vote choice (without assigning candidates to plastic surgery....)
Ted Miguel (Berkeley Economics) also will give an update on the Berkeley Initiative on Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS) at lunchtime.

The conference is made possible by generous funding from the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences at Stanford, the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and the Stanford Department of Political Science.

Registration is free, but you must register by May 1st to be assured of a space at the conference. To register, please click on this link and fill out the required fields.
If you have any questions about registration, please send an email to Jackie Sargent (hijack AT stanford DOT edu)
If you register for the conference but realize later that you need to cancel, please send an email to Jackie and indicate that you wish to cancel your registration.

Parking and Transportation
We have reserved a group of parking spaces near the meeting. We hope participants will carpool to campus. To ensure we have enough for all driving to campus, please contact Jackie Sargent (hijack AT stanford DOT edu) to reserve a space.

Hotel: We have reserved a block of rooms at the Sheraton Palo Alto Hotel. Using this link, you may book your own hotel room. The cutoff date for the conference rate is April 19. You also may call the hotel directly and indicate you are with the "West Coast Experiment Conference." Shuttle service to the conference location is available, or it is about a one mile walk.

This year's co-organizers are:
We will post a spreadsheet with registered participants after the registraion cut-off date.

Contact Information
For more information about the conference, please email Kevin Esterling (kevin DOT esterling AT ucr DOT edu). For information about local arrangements, please contact Jackie Sargent (hijack AT stanford DOT edu; 650.725.1333) or Eliana Vasquez (elianav AT stanford DOT edu; 650.723.8042).

Previous Conferences

May 11, 2012: West Coast Experimental Political Science Conference, UC Berkeley
Conference Program
May 9, 2011: West Coast Experimental Political Science Conference, Caltech
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May 21, 2010: West Coast Experimental Political Science Conference, UCLA
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May 15, 2009: West Coast Experimental Political Science Conference, UCSD
Conference Program
May 2, 2008: Experiments in Political Science, UCR
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