Bryan S. Graham

Conference in Honor of James L. Powell

On Friday and Saturday March 25th and 26th, 2022 the Center for the Application of Mathematics and Statistics to Economics (CAMSE) will host a conference in Honor of the legendary James L. Powell. Attendence is by invitation only.

The conference will be held in room B100 of the Blum Center. A map with the location of Blum Hall can be found here. Information on transit options from SFO and OAK airports can be found here.

Blum Hall is very close to the North Gate of campus. The nearest BART stop is Downtown Berkeley. The nearest public parking facility is the Lower Hearst / North Gate parking garage at the intersection of Scenic & Hearst (enter from Scenic to access hourly parking spaces). Blum Hall is also about a 10 to 15 minute walk (slightly uphill) from the conference hotel (the Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley).

Instructions on how to join the conference by Zoom will be sent as we get closer the date.

Campus and the City of Berkeley COVID guidelines evolve regularly. As of March 7th, indoor masking by vaccinnated individuals is no longer required on campus (instead being strongly recommended). However a variety of other COVID related measures remain intact. More information on current campus COVID policies can be found here.

The plan is to set up, weather permitting, coffee breaks and lunch outdoors. Eating outside has a number of advantages, one of which is that formal checking of vaccination status is not required. However all attendees should nevertheless bring proof of vaccination as it will be required to attend the conference dinner (also UC Berkeley has a vaccine mandate, even for conference attendees, so its a good idea to have some sort of proof on hand).

The conference dinner will be held at Agrodolce Berkeley at 7PM (time to be confirmed). This event will be in a large indoor room. In addition to enjoying one anothers company, there will be an opportunity to share stories about, and expressions of gratitude for, Jim. A map with the location of the restuarant can be found here.

A preliminary conference program can be found below (subject to change). Speakers should plan on presenting for approximately 20 minutes, allowing for five minutes of discussion and questions, and an additional five minutes of transition time between speakers.

CAMSE Conference in Honor of James L. Powell Schedule

Bryan Graham
Hidehiko Ichimura
Michael Jansson
Shakeeb Khan
Demian Pouzo

Thursday, March 24th, 2022

Reception hosted by Dan and Bev McFadden, 6:30 to 9:30PM (by invitation only)
Ashby Room, Residence Inn by Marriott Berkeley
2121 Center St, Berkeley, CA 94704

Friday, March 25th, 2022

B100 Blum Hall

Morning Session: 9 AM to 12:15 PM

Time Speaker Title
    Session 1: Panel Data
9:00AM to 9:30AM Alex Poirier (remote) Identification and Estimation of Average Partial Effects in a Semiparametric Binary Response Panel Model
9:30AM to 10:00AM Ariel Pakes Unobserved Heterogeneity, State Dependence, and Health Plan Choices
10:00AM to 10:30AM Whitney Newey Panel Estimation of Tax Effects with Endogenous Budget Sets
10:30AM to 10:45AM   Coffee Break
    Session 2: Instrumental Variables
10:45AM to 11:15AM Marcelo Moreira Efficiency Loss of Asymptotically Efficient Tests in an Instrumental Variables Regression
11:15AM to 11:45AM Andrew Chesher IV Methods for Tobit Models
11:45AM to 12:15PM Jerry Hausman (remote) Problems with the Control Variable Approach in Achieving Unbiased Estimates in Nonlinear Models in the Presence of Many Instruments
12:15PM to 1:45PM   Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:45 PM to 4:30 PM

Time Speaker Title
    Session 3: Nonparametric analysis
1:45PM to 2:15PM Matias Cattaneo Higher-order Refinements of Small Bandwidth Asymptotics for Density-Weighted Average Derivative Estimators
2:15PM to 2:45PM Ying Zhu Blessing and Curse of Smoothness and Phase Transitions in Nonparametric Regressions: A Nonasymptotic Perspective
2:45PM to 3:00PM   Coffee Break
    Session 4: Program evaluation
3:00PM to 3:30PM Songnian Chen (remote) Quantile Regression with Group-Level Treatments
3:30PM to 4:00PM Carolina Caetano Partial Identification of Treatment Effects Using Bunching
4:00PM to 4:30PM Guido Imbens Fixed Effects and the Propensity Score
4:30 PM   Adjorn

Conference Dinner (by invitation only): 7PM @ Agrodolce Berkeley 1730 Shattack Avenue (about a 20-25 minute walk from Blum Hall as well as the hotel, or take Taxi/Uber)

Saturday, March 26th, 2022

B100 Blum Hall

Morning Session: 9AM to 12:15PM

Time Speaker Title
    Session 5: Dynamic Models
9:00AM to 9:30AM Sergio Firpo Uniform Inference for Value Functions
9:30AM to 10:00AM Konrad Menzel Structural Sieves
10:00AM to 10:30AM Lars Hansen (remote) Risk, Ambiguity and Misspecification: Implications for Policy
10:30AM to 10:45AM   Coffee Break
    Session 6: High-Dimensional Models
10:45AM to 11:15AM Andres Aradillas-Lopez Inference with Partially Identified Control Variables
11:15AM to 11:45AM Cheng Hsiao Statistical Inference for Low Dimensional Parameters in the Presence of High Dimensional Covariates
11:45AM to 12:15PM Joel Horowitz Bootstrap Based Asymptotic Refinements for High-Dimensional Nonlinear Models
12:15PM to 1:15PM   Lunch

Afternoon Session: 1:15PM to 3:30PM

Time Speaker Title
    Session 7: Experiments
1:15PM to 1:45PM Max Kasy Rationalizing Pre-Analysis Plans: Statistical Decisions Subject to Implementability
1:45PM to 2:15PM James Heckman (remote) Orthogonal Designs for Causal Inference in Social Experiments (tentative)
2:15PM to 2:30PM   Coffee Break
    Session 8: Networks
2:30PM to 3:00PM Eric Auerbach Spectral Regression for Networks, Panels, and Outcome Matrices
3:00PM to 3:30PM Fengshi Niu Error Components Models for Dyadic Data
3:30PM   Adjorn

Attending in Person Bryan Graham, Maximilian Kasy, Ariel Pakes, Carolina Caetano, Demian Pouzo, Matias Cattaneo, Konrad Menzel, Jack Porter, Chris Shannon, Jinyong Hahn, John Rust, Eric Auerbach, Andres Santos, Vira Semenova, Sergio Firpo, Ying Zhu, Whitney Newey, Laura Chioda, Andrew Chesher, Isaiah Andrews, Eric Mbakop, Thomas Rothenberg, Irene Botosaru, Carlos Flores, Hidehiko Ichimura, Antonio Galvao, Chris Muris, Oscar Jorda, Gregorio Caetano, Joel Horowitz, David Card, Sofia Villas-Boas, Cheng Hsiao, Shakeeb Khan, Graham Elliott, James Powell, Fengshi Niu, Andres Aradillas-Lopez, Tiemen Woutersen, Guido Imbens, George Judge, Bo Honore, Fred Finan, Daniel McFadden, Colin Cameron, Hidehiko Ichimura, Michael Jansson, Mikkel Soelvsten, Rosa Matzkin, James Stock, David Ahn, Liyang Sun, Patrick Kline, Dmitry Arkhangelsky, Peng Ding

Attending in Virtually Esfandiar Maasoumi, Yoosoon Chang, Joon Park, Donald Andrews, Xiaohong Chen, Myoung Jae Lee, Gary Solon, Songnian Chen, Ivana Komunjer, Alexandre Poirier, Roger Moon, Elie Tamer, Jerry Hausman, Lars Hansen, Serena Ng, Cristine Pinto, Elena Manresa, Charles Manski, Geert Ridder, James Heckman, Richard Crump, Richard J. Smith, Tomas Rau, Nese Yildiz, Petra Todd