FCAI & Helsinki GSE joint seminar: Economics and Causal Reasoning

  • FCAI & Helsinki GSE jointly organise:

  • AIX Forum: Economics and Causal Reasoning

    Location: Espoo, Otakaari 24, Dipoli, room Palaver

    Time: Monday 4.11.2019, 15:00-19:00

    Discovering causal mechanisms that explain observed properties and behaviours in both nature and human societies is a central goal in natural sciences, economics, and many other fields of study.

    Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) and Helsinki Graduate School of Economics (Helsinki GSE) invite you to a joint informal seminar on causal reasoning that introduces, contrasts and compares two prominent schools of thought on this difficult topic: Pearl’s causal (do) calculus, used widely in natural sciences, and the Potential Outcomes model of Rubin, used widely in economics.

    The program consists of jargon-free introductions to both models, followed by example cases of local research that makes use of them.


    • Antti Hyttinen (University of Helsinki): Pearl’s Approach to Causality

    • Tuomas Pekkarinen (VATT Institute for Economic Research): Design-based Approach to Causal Inference in Economics

    • Timo Koski (KTH, Sweden): Causality in Continuous Time Bayesian Network Models

    • Matti Sarvimäki (Aalto University): RDD in Action – The Impact of an Integration Policy

    • Jukka Corander (University of Oslo, University of Helsinki): Context-specific Causal Models

    • Otto Toivanen (Aalto University): Links between Structural and Reduced Form Analysis – An Example on Effects of R&D Subsidies

    The seminar will conclude with informal free time with snacks and wine to facilitate exploration of the connections and questions that come up during the talks. We ask you to please register for the event here.

     Organising committee (alphabetical): Jukka Corander, Patrik Floréen, Jaakko Lehtinen, Marko Terviö, Otto Toivanen


  • Location:
    Dipoli, room Palaver
  • Address:
    Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo
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