Ben Hansen

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Ben Hansen

Associate Professor of Statistics
Research Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research

Department of Statistics
University of Michigan
1085 South University
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1107

Office Location(s): 445F West Hall
Phone: 734.647.5456
Fax: 734.763.4676
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  • About

    Dr. Hansen's research develops methods that aim to sharpen comparisons of subjects receiving an intervention to subjects receiving a control condition, particularly nonrandomized comparisons, and to improve communication and understanding of remaining uncertainties regarding effects of the intervention. He writes on statistical and computation issues related to matching, on diagnostics for randomized studies and for matched observational studies, on sensitivity analysis, and on propensity scores and related methods of dimension reduction sensitivity analysis, and he is a co-developer of R libraries for optimal matching and associated diagnostics.

    Fields of Study
    • Causal inference in observational and randomized studies
    • Applications in education evaluation, medicine, social epidemiology, criminology, political science and elsewhere in the social sciences

  • Education
    • Ph.D. Logic and Methodology of Science, University of California, Berkeley (2001)
    • M.A. Statistics, University of California, Berkeley (2000)
    • A.B. Mathematics and Philosophy, Harvard College (1993)
  • Awards
    • Highlighted article (with S. Klopfer), Journal of Computational and Graphical Statistics, 2006
    • Franklin L. Burdette/Pi Sigma Alpha Award, for best paper presented at the 2009 American Political Science Association meetings (with J. Bowers), 2010
  • Professional Services
    • Associate Editor, Journal of the American Statistical Association
    • Consultant, Sage Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences
  • Selected Publications:
  • Articles