Does X cause Y? (part four of many)

To stick with the stereotype of economists being dismal, I’d like to keep discussing ways in which experimental evidence can be misleading. Again, use

The art of research

I recently had two conversations with third-year PhD students about how to do research. Both of them started with the students asking me if

Does X cause Y? (part two of many)

I was going to write more about quasi-experimental methods, but then I realized why these are usually discussed last in econometrics/empirical methods books. In

Review of “We Have No Idea”

I loved PhD Comicsas a grad student. Frankly, I still find them quite relatable as an Assistant Professor (and in a few years, I