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Monterrey
Summer Institute in Computational Social Science Partner Site

June 16 to June 29, 2019 | Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León

Partner location for SICSS organised at Princeton University

From the evening of Sunday, June 16 to the morning of Saturday, June 29, 2019, the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science will host a partner location at the School of Economics of the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL) in Monterrey, Mexico. The purpose of SICSS-Monterrey is to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and beginning faculty interested in computational social science in Mexico. The site is organized by Oscar Mendez, from UANL, and Adaner Usmani, from Brown University.

The instructional program will feature lectures live-streamed from the main site at Princeton University, as well as group problem sets and participant-led research projects. SICSS-Monterrey will also welcome outside speakers who are experts in computational social science research. Topics covered include text as data, website scraping, digital field experiments, non-probability sampling, mass collaboration, and ethics. There will be ample opportunities for students to discuss their ideas and research with the organizers, other participants, and visiting speakers. The partner location officially ends on June 29, but until July 6 both Oscar and Adaner will be available to help students with their research projects. Those who plan to work on projects will also be able to apply to SICSS-Monterrey for some funding.

We are inviting applications from Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, and untenured faculty within 7 years of their Ph.D. Meals will be provided during the workshop and we expect to invite about twenty to thirty participants. Participants with less experience with social science research will be expected to complete additional readings in advance of the Institute, and participants with less experience with coding will be expected to complete a set of online learning modules on the R programming language as well as attend a preparatory workshop in advance of the Institute. Students doing this preparatory work will be supported by a teaching assistant who will hold online office hours before the Institute.

Application materials will be due on Friday, March 29, 2019.

All events will be held at:

Facultad de Economia, UANL

Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas 4600 Ote. Fracc. Residencial Las Torres

Monterrey, Nuevo Leon

Mexico

Organizers

Oscar Mendez

Oscar Mendez is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, Mexico. He earned his Ph. D. in economics from the University of California, Davis. His fields of specialization are Labor Economics and International Trade. Between 2015 and 2018, Oscar was a Program Associate in the Economics program of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Adaner Usmani

Adaner Usmani is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Watson Institute at Brown University. He received his PhD in Sociology from NYU. His dissertation examined the rise and fall of labor movements over the 20th and early 21st centuries, and considered the effects of these facts for political change. In other work, he has written about American mass incarceration, with an eye on the racial politics of its origins and reproduction.

Local Speakers

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Alejandro Martín del Campo

Alejandro is an MBA and PhD at Tecnológico de Monterrey. He researches communication and public opinion at the intersection of traditional and emerging media and is currently researching political discourse and propaganda in social media. His interests are e-Democracy, Digital Culture, Internet & Human Rights. Alejandro has over a decade of experience in the broadcast industry, serving as executive producer. He holds degrees in engineering and law.

Teaching Assistants

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Edgar Luna

Edgar is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León in Monterrey, México. He obtained his Ph. D. degree in Economics from the University of Washington, Seattle. His research interests include: Times Series, Applied Macroeconomics, and Public Finance.

Participants

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Alejandra Escobar

Alejandra is a Computer Science Engineer currently studying her Masters in Industrial Economics in the School of Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, her research interests are in Labor Economics, especially in Human Capital Productivity. A non-traditional student, Alejandra’s prior professional experience includes regional management and service in one of the oldest firms in México.

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Bianca Chacon

Bianca Chacon is a PhD student in Economics at Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Her research interests include the economics of education, social mobility and human capital. In the summer of 2015 she made a research stay in Yunus Centre for Social Business and Health, Glasgow Cadelonian University, Scotland, United Kingdom. Bianca received her bachelors degree in mathematics and her masters degree in economics both from Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.

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Carlos Saldaña

Carlos is studying the doctoral program in economics at the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon. His areas of interest are industrial organization, labor economics and spatial econometrics applied to regional studies.

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Cecilia Cuellar

Cecilia Cuellar has a degree in International Relations and is currently a master’s student at the School of Economics, U.A.N.L. She works in Labor Economics research, specifically on Human Capital and Gender Inequality. Currently, she is awaiting acceptance for the PhD program at the same school.

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Cesar Olivares

César is a student of the Master in Industrial Economics at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. His main research interest is studying the effects of monetary policy using a machine learning approach using textual data. In general, he is interested in computational models for economics and social sciences. He was part of the Consorcio en Inteligencia Artificial in 2019

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Christofer Rodriguez

Chris is a doctorate student in economoic science in the School of Economics of the UANL. He previously earned a mathematics degree and a Masters degree in social sciences.

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Claudia Sánchez

Claudia Sánchez is a full time professor at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She obtained a Ph. D. in Economics from the same university, a master’s degree from the University of Rochester and an Electronic Systems Engineering Degree from Tecnológico de Monterrey. Her areas of interest are growth, inequality, public finance and institutions.

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Jair Faz

Jair is a M.Ec Student at the School of Economics and has a B.Sc in physics, both from the Autonomous University of Nuevo León in Mty, México. He is interested in the analysis of macroeconomics, finance and social events from a perspective of chaotic systems and complexity as a metodology to understand the dynamics of emerging, self-organized and adaptive phenomena. His current work focuses on the political business cycle present in the Mexican economy and its relationship to Public Expenditure exercised by the elected political party.

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Jeyle Ortiz

Jeyle received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She completed her Master of Economics and Public Policy at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education. She earned a Fulbright scholarship to complete her PhD in Social Work at the University of Texas at Arlington. She works as a Professor at the School of Business of Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She is member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico, level 1. Her research interests are gender, family, and wellbeing.

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Jorge Moreno

Jorge Moreno obtained his Ph. D. and Masters degrees in Economics from the University of Chicago. He has been part of the faculty as Assistant and Associate Professor at El Colegio de México, the University of Chicago and Institutio Tecnológico Autónomo de México’s Business School. He is currently Professor in the School of Economics of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. His research interests include: Human Capital Theory, Family Economics, Labor Economics, Education Economics, Microfoundations of the Financial System and Economic Development, and Banking Theory and Financial Intermediation.

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Josue Salgado

Josué holds a BA in International Economics from the Autonomous University of Chihuahua (UACH), a Master in Economics from the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and is currently studying the Ph.D in Economic Sciences at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León. He has worked in different companies and associations such as Telcel Corporative (Development Analyst), Profuturo Corporative (Savings for retirement), Economic Development Council of Chihuahua and the National Electoral Institute of Nuevo León respectively. He has published articles related to strategy and innovation. His current interests are focused on Macroeconomics, time series and business cycle.

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Juan Valdez

Juán has a Bachelor’s degree in physics and is currently a graduate student at the Autonomous University of Nuevo León studying a Master’s degree in industrial economics. His areas of interest are finanacial economics and industrial organization.

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Leidy Andrade

I am currently studying for a doctorate in regional economics at the Center for Socioeconomic Research (CISE) of the Autonomous University of Coahuila. My thesis project is oriented to the analysis of inequality of opportunities especially in the area of housing quality in Mexico. Currently I am expanding my field of action focusing on the topic of networks, communities and the impact of culture on personal development.

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Lizette Serna

Development professional currently enrolled in Economics master. I have 6 years of experience in International Organizations and Research Centers both as researcher and grant management (mainly in agriculture and development topics). In the private sector I have 4 years of experience in an agricultural enterprise.

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Martha Rodríguez

Martha received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Master of Business Administration with a specialty in Finance from the School of Business of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (UANL). A Doctorate in Mathematical Methods in Financial Economics from the University of Barcelona. She is member of the National System of Researchers in Mexico, level 1. Her research interests are Corporate Social Responsibility and Eco-efficiency in Finance. She has recently been interested in Big Data, Data Science and their impact in the financial performance.

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Matías Milia

Matías Milia is a Ph.D. Candidate in Social Science Research with a mention in Sociology at FLACSO-México. His dissertation takes a semantic-statistical approach to different text sources such as scientific papers, written media, and Congress debates in order to see how technical debates and social expectations on renewable energy have developed through time in two Latin-American countries, México and Argentina. Since memory and present are inextricably bound to futurity, he follows concepts as a way to see how this horizon ties to national visions and imaginaries. He has worked and lived in three different Latin-American countries, so he is keen on using computational social methods to better understand the region, its history, and the way it stands towards the Grand Challenges of our time.

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Mauricio Acosta

My name is Mauricio Acosta. I’m currently studying a Master Degree in Economics at Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. My fields of research are Industrial Organization and Applied Econometrics. I´m interested in statistical computing softwares and Big Data models. In the past, I’ve worked as a Master Planner for a company and as a Research Assistant at Universidad de Guadalajara.

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Miriam Valdés

Computer Systems Engineer with Master and Phd degree in Regional Economics. Professor at Centro de Investigaciones Socioeconomicas, Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila. My research projects are directed toward regional economic analysis, combining different non-parametric techniques.

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Monica Cardozo

Mónica Cardozo is a PhD student at the Department of Economics at Universidade Federal do Pará - Brasil. Currently, she is in an exchange program in México, at the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León. She is interested in Intraregional Trade and Industrial Economics. In addition, her research project is oriented to study the trade relationships between China and Latin-America using Panel Data Analysis.

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Oscar Almendárez

Oscar Almendárez is a PhD student in Economoics at Autonomous University of Nuevo León. He received his master’s degree in Applied Economics from the College of the Northern Border at Tijuana. His main fields of research are Industrial Organization and Labor Economics. His current work focuses on competition in the financial sector, social security and labor market structure. He has a deep interest in the acquisition of computational techniques for the adaptation of economic models to diverse fields of research.

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Phelipe Matos

My name is Phelipe André Matos Cruz, I am a Brazilian PhD student in Economics at Universidade Federal do Pará. I’m intereted in gaining a better perspective for my research through computational techniques, especially those related to Social Network Analysis (SNA). My current work focuses on the Brasilian Innovation System. I intend to analyse the Brasilian Triple Helix Model through the productivity of the relationships between its companies and universities.

Schedule and materials

Sunday June 16, 2019

  • Opening Dinner (Not open to public/No livestream)

Monday June 17, 2019 - Introduction and Ethics

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 Introductions (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:30 - 9:00 Introduction to computational social science

  • 9:00 - 9:30 Why SICSS?

  • 9:30 - 9:45 Coffee Break

  • 9:45 - 10:30 Ethics: Principles-based approach

  • 10:30 - 11:15 Four areas of difficulty: informed consent, informational risk, privacy, and making decisions in the face of uncertainty

  • 11:15 - 11:30 Introduction to the group exercise

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 12:30 - 2:45 Group exercise (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break

  • 3:00 - 4:30 Guest speaker: Alondra Nelson

Tuesday June 18, 2019 - Collecting Digital Trace Data

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 What is digital trace data?

  • 8:30 - 8:45 Strengths and weakness of digital trace data

  • 8:45 - 9:15 Screen-Scraping

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Coffee Break

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Application Programming Interfaces

  • 10:00 - 11:30 Building Apps and Bots for Social Science Research

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 12:30 - 2:45 Group Exercise (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break

  • 3:00 - 4:30 Guest speaker: Beth Noveck

Wednesday June 19, 2019 - Automated Text Analysis

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 History of quantitative text analysis

  • 8:30 - 8:45 Basic Text Analysis/GREP

  • 8:45 - 9:00 Dictionary-Based Text Analysis

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Coffee Break

  • 9:15 - 10:15 Topic models/Structural Topic Models

  • 10:15 - 10:20 Break

  • 10:20 - 11:30 Text Networks

  • 11:30 - 1:00 Lunch and Guest Speaker: Jennifer Pan

  • 1:00 - 1:15 Break

  • 1:15 - 4:30 Group Exercise (Not open to public/No livestream)

Thursday June 20, 2019 - Surveys in the Digital Age

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:45 Survey research in the digital age

  • 8:45 - 9:15 Probability and non-probability sampling

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Coffee break

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Computer-administered interviews and wiki surveys

  • 10:00 - 10:30 Combining surveys and big data

  • 10:30 - 11:00 Group exercise introduction

  • 11:00 - 11:30 Begin group exercise

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30 - 2:15 Continue group exercise (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 2:15 - 2:45 Discuss activity and open-source data

  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break

  • 3:00 - 4:30 Guest speaker: Justin Grimmer

Friday June 21, 2019 - Mass Collaboration

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 Mass collaboration

  • 8:30 - 8:45 Human computation

  • 8:45 - 9:00 Open call

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Distributed data collection

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Coffee break

  • 9:30 - 10:30 Introduction to the Fragile Families Challenge

  • 10:30 - 11:30 Working on the Fragile Families Challenge (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch

  • 12:30 - 2:30 Fragile Families Challenge (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 2:30 - 2:45 Discussion of the Fragile Families Challenge (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 2:45 - 3:00 Break

  • 3:00 - 4:30 Guest speaker: Annie Liang

Saturday June 22, 2019 - Experiments

  • 8:00 - 8:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 8:15 - 8:30 What, why, and which experiments?

  • 8:30 - 8:45 Moving beyond simple experiments

  • 8:45 - 9:15 Four strategies for experiments

  • 9:15 - 9:30 Coffee break

  • 9:30 - 10:00 Zero variable cost data and musiclab

  • 10:00 - 10:15 Break

  • 10:15 - 11:15 High-throughput behavioral science using virtual labs by guest speaker Abdullah Almaatouq (SICSS 2017)

  • 11:15 - 11:30 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • Afternoon off

Sunday June 23, 2019 - Day off

Monday June 24, 2019 - Work on group projects

  • 9:00 - 9:15 Logistics (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and flash talks ()Not open to public/No livestream)

Tuesday June 25, 2019 - Work on group projects

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and flash talks ()Not open to public/No livestream)

Wednesday June 26, 2019 - Work on group projects

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and Guest Speaker: Chris Wiggins

Thursday June 27, 2019 - Work on group projects

  • 12:30 - 1:30 Lunch and flash talks (Not open to public/No livestream)

Friday June 28, 2019 - Present group projects

  • 1:30 - 5:15 Present group projects (Not open to public/No livestream)

  • 5:30 Closing dinner (Not open to public/No livestream)

Saturday June 29, 2019

  • Participants depart