Class Logistics

Course Calendar

Course Calendar

Canvas Links

Please submit your assignments on Canvas.



Access the class syllabus.



We will use Perusall to watch the lecture videos and do the weekly readings. All questions regarding problem sets, course logistics, etc. should also be posted on Perusall. This way, everyone has access to the same information and you don’t have to ask a question that your classmate already received an answer to. Annotations should relate to the specific content in the lecture or reading. We also encourage you to discuss the 'big picture' context of the material, in a separate discussion chat channel. You can directly access our Perusall group through Canvas by clicking on the “Perusall”. button. 


Please: do not send us emails or messages through Canvas. You can post your questions under “General Discussion” on Perusall or send us a private message. 


Lecture Videos 


Pre-recorded lecture videos are a key component of this course. The videos are embedded as “assignments” on Perusall, and you should watch them before the due date shown on Perusall.


Class Meetings on Mondays 


We will also hold synchronous class meetings once a week on Mondays. To join these meetings, simply go to the Canvas page and then click on the “Zoom” button. You can find the class schedule for the remainder of the semester here


Attendance of ~ the first hour of live class meetings on Mondays is mandatory for FAS students and optional for DCE students. FAS students can ask for exemptions on an individual basis. Recordings of the meetings will be available through Canvas.




Three equivalent sections will be held every week on Wednesdays 1.30 PM EST, Thursdays 07:30 AM EST and Thursdays 1:30 PM EST. You can join whichever session fits your schedule best. Recordings of the meetings will be available through Canvas.


Office Hours


Each TF holds 2 office hours per week. One hour is reserved for one-on-one meetings, whicn can be booked hereThe other hour is "drop in" - all students can attend, no sign-up required. 




There are two types of assignments for this class 1) problem sets, and 2) either a replication paper (FAS students) or an exam (DCE students). You may work on the problem sets in groups, but each problem set will also contain an individual "assessment question" that we ask you to complete individually.


The schedule works as follows: problem sets are released right after class on Monday. They are due before the next class meeting one week later. For example: group problem set 2 is released on Monday September 21 after class and is due on September 28 before class. You can find all relevant due dates for assignments on the Gov2001 calendar.

Each week, you will also peer-grade the problem set submission of one other student on Perusall. We will assign peer-grading on Perusall on Monday after class. Every week, you have 48 hours to complete peer-grading, i.e. peer grading is due on Wednesdays at 3pm. The goal is to give helpful feedback and compare the submission to the solution key we provide.


Replication Paper


1) By October 14, at 8 pm EST: A one page write-up of your project is due. For detailed instructions on this, please read here and here.

2) By November 4, 2020 at 8pm EST: Due date for the second milestone for the replication paper. You should have successfully replicated the main results in the paper you're replicating.  

3) By November 30, 2020 at 8pm EST: You will turn in a first draft of your paper. This draft should contain all figures and tables, and a proposed outline of the paper, in a relatively polished form. This draft need not have much text yet (although the more you complete, the more useful comments you will get in return). Also turn in a replication data file, with all of the data and information necessary to replicate your results and reproduce your tables and figures. At the same time, we will assign your paper to several other students to replicate, and you will receive another group’s paper to replicate. 

4) By December 4, 2020 at 8 pm EST: Replicate the other group’s proto-paper and write a memo to them (with a copy to us), pointing out ways to improve their paper and analysis. You will be evaluated based on how helpful, not how destructive, you are. The best comments are written so fellow students can hear and learn from them rather than trying to demonstrate how smart you are.

5) By December 14, 2020, 8 PM EST: Turn in the final version of the paper. By the same deadline, you must also follow standard academic practice and create a permanent replication data archive by uploading all your data and code to the Gov2001 Dataverse ( 


6) By December 18, 2020, 8 PM EST: Once your paper is turned in, we will assign it to another student and assign you another paper to evaluate. Your last assignment for this class is to read and comment on a fellow group’s final paper. Your main objective is to give feedback on what changes and improvements need to happen in order for the paper to be published (we’ll explain!).




You find all relevant course material (lecture videos, readings, problem sets, announcements) on Perusall. The exceptions to this are 1) section materials and 2) problem set solutions. Problem set solutions and section materials are available on Canvas. On Canvas you also find the rmd file that generates the problem set.