Summer DemSem with Scott Cunningham

A chair at the Memorial Union Terrace featuring the iconic sunburst patterns is pictured on June 22, 2012. (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

From May 23-24, 2022, Scott Cunningham will host CDE/CDHA’s Summer DemSem session and will present on several different topics relevant to social science researchers, particularly graduate students. Please note that this two-day event will be in person on campus.

Cunningham is a professor of economics at Baylor University. He specializes in the economics of risky behaviors, with a special focus on crime, black markets, abortion and sexually transmitted infections. His research has been published in the Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Health Economics, among others.

Monday May, 23:  Causal Inference

May 23: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union

The morning session will provide a summary of key methods used in empirical social science for estimating causal effects using non-experimental data.  A focus will be on the rapid advances in difference-in-differences methods.  Following an overview of key issues and rules of thumb advice, participants will be encouraged to ask questions about these methods or other content found in the previous week’s 3-day virtual workshop

The afternoon session will provide opportunities to sign up for “office hours” with Dr. Cunningham to discuss in more detail issues in ongoing projects that use difference-in-differences and related methods

Tuesday, May 24:  Hidden Curriculum

May 24: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
DeLuca Forum, Discovery Building

The morning session will focus on project management, including reproducibility, workflow, version control, team science, and related topics.

The afternoon session will focus on personal management, including an overview of an emerging literature describing mental health among PhD students, coping with stress, and related topics.


If you would like to attend Summer DemSem, please fill out this registration form. Please register by Monday, May 9.