Public Lecture Schedule

Join us for a series of public lectures August 16-20 at the Summer Institute. We will be livestreaming on our CAAI Youtube channel at the times below. See you there!

Program Description:

From August 16–20, 2021, CAAI will host the first Summer Institute in Machine Learning in Economics (MLE). It is organized by Jens Ludwig (Chicago), Sendhil Mullainathan (Chicago), Ziad Obermeyer (Berkeley), and Jann Spiess (Stanford). Modeled after similar programs in behavioral economics, the Institute will bring together leading researchers with advanced graduate students and junior faculty every year; this year, due to Covid-19, the Institute will be held virtually, as a mix of public lectures and small-group sessions. Visiting faculty this year will include Susan Athey and Guido Imbens, as well as other senior faculty members bridging computer science, statistics, and economics.

Goal of the program:

1. to introduce researchers to the new methods and data used in machine learning (e.g., supervised and unsupervised learning algorithms, machine vision, text analysis), and how they relate to longstanding questions around causal inference, experimental design, fairness and bias, and econometric theory; and

2. to build intuitions for how these methods can open up new questions for economists in fields like macroeconomics, behavioral science, health, development, public, labor, or applied microeconomics generally.


In addition to public lectures and panel discussions with faculty members, which will be open to the public this year, we will bring participants and faculty together in (virtual) social events and mentoring sessions in smaller groups.

Participating Faculty:


Participation in the full program will be by application, and limited to around 30 Ph.D. students (who will have completed one year of their program by summer 2021) and junior faculty (who have completed their Ph.D. program after 2018). Candidates in economics and related disciplines (e.g., computer science, statistics, etc.) who have a strong interest and advanced training in formal economics are eligible.

Applications Closed. MLESI22 applications will open in the Winter/Spring. 


Jens Ludwig

Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris School of Public Policy

Jens Ludwig
Ziad Obermeyer

Ziad Obermeyer

Blue Cross of California Distinguished Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Berkeley School of Public Health

Ziad Obermeyer

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