讲座主题：Pillars of Good Empirical Researchin Insurance and Real Estate
主讲人：张大印助理教授，University of Wisconsin-Madison
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主讲人简介：张大印，加州大学伯克利分校哈斯商学院经济学博士，威斯康辛大学麦迪逊分校房地产系助理教授。他的研究领域包括房地产金融，银行学，消费者金融，应用经济学。博士期间荣获Fisher Center Research Grant，毕业论文Government-Sponsored Wholesale Funding and the Industrial Organization of Bank Lending于2020年8月获得了Gregory Chow Best Paper Award。
内容摘要：This lecture discusses thethree pillars of a good empirical paper in applied economic research, with aparticular focus on the fields of insurance and real estate. As the first pillar,a good research question is fundamental to an empirical paper. Developing agood research question requires a keen eye on the big questions in the field, abroad knowledge of general economic issues, and the ability to extract economicprinciples from the empirical content. The second pillar is a convincing identification strategy. This lecture will devote much of the time to the discussion of the four state-of-the-art identification strategies in estimating casual effects: field experiments, instrumental variables estimation,differences-in-differences estimation, and regression discontinuity estimation.Lastly, I will touch on the third pillar—novel data, and go through a few emerging sources of data. By discussing the paper/dissertation writing process,this lecture will give the audience a taste of Ph.D. study in economic-relatedfields in the US, and debunk many popular myths in studying abroad.