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Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. Social and environmental policy. Science of human behavior. Causal inference in complex systems.
Oct 7, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
In ecology, observational researchers seem to think no assumptions can allow you to interpret a correlation as a causal relationship, and experimentalists seem to think you don't have to make any assumptions to do the same. Wrong. Both groups need to make same assumptions!👇[1/7] Contrast this paper about ecological experiments from @LauraEllenDee @MeghanAvolio K.Kimmel…

with this paper about observational designs from @MartySmithDuke J.Sanchirico…

Same assumptions! [2/7]
Jul 20, 2021 11 tweets 13 min read
PNAS issue “Sustaining the Commons” reports on a set of pre-registered, harmonized RCTs in 6 countries to assess how community monitoring of common pool resources can lead to better resource outcomes.
3-min video:
[1/11] Image @gotonura & I on what we can learn from the Special Feature, incl. the challenges of developing generalizable knowledge about institutions in complex social-ecological systems & of synthesizing empirical evidence in sustainability science [2/11]… Image