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Propensity Score-based Spline Approach for Average Causal Effects

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讲座题目:Propensity Score-based Spline Approach for Average Causal Effects
讲座人: 童行伟教授
讲座时间:15:30
讲座日期:2019-10-17
地点:长安校区 数学与信息科学学院学术交流厅

报告摘要:
When estimating the average causal effect in observational studies, researchers have to tackle both self-selection of treatment and outcome modeling. This is difficult since usually there are a large number of covariates that affect people's treatment decision and the true functional form in the model is not known. Propensity score is a popular approach for dimension reduction in causal inference. We propose a new semiparametric estimation strategy using B-spline based on the propensity score, which does not rely on parametric model specification. We further improve the efficiency of the estimator by addressing the error heteroscedasticity. We also establish the asymptotic properties of both estimators. The simulation studies show that our methods compare favorably with many competing estimators.  Our methods are advantageous over weighting estimators as it is not affected by extreme weights. We apply the proposed methods to data from the Ohio Medicaid Assessment Survey (OMAS) 2012, estimating the effect of having health insurance on self-reported health status for a population with subsidized insurance plan choices under the Affordable Care Act.
报告人简介:
童行伟,北京师范大学统计学院教授,博士生导师。主要从事生物统计,金融统计等方向的研究。中国概率统计学会常务理事,中国现场统计研究会常务理事。主持一项科技部重点研发计划子课题,主持国家自然基金面上项目3项,教育部重大科研项目1项,目前发表学术论文近50篇。

 
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