[gov3009-l] Rubin on 'Direct and Indirect Effects'

Justin Grimmer jgrimmer at fas.harvard.edu
Mon Feb 11 10:36:42 EST 2008

Dear Applied Statistics Community,

This Wednesday the applied statistics workshop presents Donald Rubin --
Department of Statistics, Harvard University – who will present, "Direct and
Indirect Causal Effects:  An unhelpful distinction?"  Don has suggested the
following papers provide a helpful background to his talk:

2003 - "Assumptions Allowing the Estimation of Direct Causal Effects:
Discussion of `Healthy,
Wealthy, and Wise? Tests for Direct Causal Paths Between Health and
Status' by Adams et al.'". Journal of Econometrics, 112, pp. 79-87. (With F.

 2004 - "Direct and Indirect Causal Effects Via Potential Outcomes." The
Scandinavian Journal of
Statistics, 31, pp. 161-170; 196-198, with discussion and reply

"Causal Inference Using Potential Outcomes: Design, Modeling, Decisions."
2004 Fisher
Lecture. The Journal of the American Statistical Association, 100, 469, pp.

The workshop meets at 12 noon in room N-354 CGIS-Knafel (1737 Cambridge St)
with a light lunch, with presentations usually beginning at 1215.

Please send along any comments or concerns


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