DGPE Courses

DGPE PhD course: Causal Machine Learning

4-6 October 2021. Lecturer: Michael Lechner

Oplysninger om arrangementet


mandag 4. oktober 2021, kl. 09:00 - onsdag 6. oktober 2021, kl. 16:00


Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen


Center for Economic Behavior and Inequality (CEBI) and Department of Economics University of Copenhagen. 

Course topic

After reviewing basic identification strategies in econometrics as well as reviewing main ideas and methods of supervised machine learning, the main part of the lectures concerns causal machine learning, i.e. how to combine the prediction methods of the machine learning literature with the causal research designs to obtain reliable causal inference in empirical studies. We will discuss on how to improve the estimation of effects commonly targeted by empirical papers, like the average treatment effect on the treated, as well as discuss new possibilities to uncover finer grained causal heterogeneity. Having uncovered the latter, we discuss its use in some of the recent literature on optimal policy allocation.  

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Professor Michael Lechner, University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

Course procedure

The course consists of 3 days of classes and a written exam (plus presentation).


The written exam will consist of doing a small-scale empirical study and presenting its results. Students may form groups with up to 4 members. They will be provided with data and specific questions to answer. The presentation will be online and the slides of the presentation must be submitted for the course to be credited.

ECTS points

Upon completing all course activities (attendance of the entire course and doing the empirical study and presenting its results), participants will be awarded 3 ECTS credits and a course certificate.

Course fee

The course is free of charge for:

1. DGPE members from AU, KU, CBS and SDU.

2. PhD students from Economics Departments at Nordic universities outside Denmark.

The course fee is EUR300 for other participants.


Registration deadline: 27 August 2021 via email to Joachim Kahr Rasmussen,

When and where

The course takes place at Department of Economics, University of Copenhagen.
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Joachim Kahr Rasmussen, University of Copenhagen,

Administrative support: Charlotte Jespersen, University of Copenhagen,