Xu Qin (fourth year doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Human Development at the University of Chicago, COE fellow, and Predoctoral Fellow for Research Methods in Education and Human Development) has been selected for a 2016 Joint Statistical Meetings Student Paper Award by the Social Statistics Section, the Government Statistics Section, and the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association.
This yearly contest is highly competitive. Among a large number of submissions, Xu's paper "Analyzing heterogeneous causal mediation effects in multi-site trials with application to the National Job Corps Study" was found to be "of very high quality" by the selection committee. She addresses a cutting-edge problem in policy and program evaluation: How to investigate whether the causal mechanism of an intervention differs between experimental sites in a multisite randomized trial? Applying her newly developed analytic methods, she has revealed important differences across Job Corps centers in the extent to which they promoted economic independence among disadvantaged youth through a wide array of services in addition to education and training. She has been invited to present the paper at the Joint Statistical Meetings to be held in Chicago this summer.