FACULTY | Jens Hainmueller
Jens Hainmueller is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University. Before joining MIT, he completed a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University where he worked and studied with Gary King, Alberto Abadie, Michael Hiscox, and Adam Glynn, among others. He has also studied at the Harvard Kennedy School, the London School of Economics, Brown University, and the University of Tübingen. His research focuses on political economy and statistical methods. His work appeared in journals such as the American Political Science Review, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Political Analysis, and International Organization.
Jens Hainmueller studies political economy and statistical methods. His methodological research interests are centered on statistical methods for causal inference. Current projects include work on synthetic control methods for comparative case studies, reweighting methods, and experimental design. His applied research interests span several areas in comparative and international political economy: the role of money in politics, private politics, immigration, and representation. Current projects include an investigation of the impacts of Fair-Trade certification, a study of the stock investments of Members of Congress, and an examination of the drivers of anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S. and Europe.
"Who Gets a Swiss Passport? A Natural Experiment in Immigrant Discrimination" (with D. Hangartner). American Political Science Review (Forthcoming, 2012).
"Entropy Balancing: A Multivariate Reweighting Method to Produce Balanced Samples in Observational Studies." Political Analysis (2012).
"How Lasting is Voter Gratitude? An Analysis of the Short- and Long-term Electoral Returns to Beneficial Policy" (with M. Bechtel). American Journal of Political Science (2011).
"Synth: An R Package for Synthetic Control Methods in Comparative Case Studies" (with A. Abadie and A. Diamond). Journal of Statistical Software (2011).
"Attitudes Towards Highly Skilled and Low Skilled Immigration: Evidence from a Survey Experiment" (with Michael Hiscox). American Political Science Review (2010).
"Synthetic Control Methods for Comparative Case Studies: Estimating the Effect of California's Tobacco Control Program" (with Alberto Abadie and Alexis Diamond). Journal of the American Statistical Association (2009).
"MPs for Sale? Estimating Returns to Office in Post-War British Politics" (with Andy Eggers). American Political Science Review (2009).
17.8XX Math Prefresher
17.800 Quantitative Research Methods I: Regression
17.802 Quantitative Research Methods II: Casual Inference
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