UCL Department of Economics


CTaLE Economics Education Seminar presented by Scott Cunningham

31 October 2019, 2:00 pm–3:00 pm


Teaching Causal Inference – Design and Curriculum

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Department of Economics


Cruciform Building B1.03
Gower Street

In 2012, Cunningham sought to create a class on causal inference and research design aimed at the upper level undergraduate student set.  At the time, there was no such class in general, let alone aimed at the upper level undergraduates, but in recent years, such courses have become common - though they are still uncommon among undergraduates. This course will lay out the details of my course, why I think this course is important, how to best teach it (in his opinion) to undergraduates, and the types of responses to it that he has experienced.  


Scott Cunningham is a professor of economics at Baylor University in Waco, Texas USA.  He graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1999 with a BA in English and the University of Georgia in 2007 with a PhD in Economics.  His research agenda has spanned the field of crime and risky behaviors, with specific projects on methamphetamine policy, sex work, violence against women, and crime in general.  He has published broadly within economics in journals such as Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Human Resources and Journal of Public Economics.  He is also Associate Editor of Research Impact for the Journal of Human Resources.  He is mostly known for his work on the economics of sex work.  He is currently writing a book for Yale University Press on causal inference and research designs within the quantitative social sciences.


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About the Speaker

Scott Cunningham

at Baylor University, Texas