Melle Albada is a research and teaching associate and PhD candidate at the Institute for Political Economy of Public Policy. He graduated cum laude from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) with a master’s degree in Policy Economics and obtained a master’s degree in Socio-Ecological Economics and Policy at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU). In his research, he investigates model specification choices of causal inference methods in the social sciences. Melle looks at result sensitivity to specific modeling choices and works on tests that make quantitative analysis more robust, with a particular focus on the polynomial order choice in regression discontinuity designs. Furthermore, he teaches undergraduate courses on quantitative research such as Introduction to Empirical Social Research and Methods of Empirical Social Research at the WU.
Robustness Testing and Sensitivity Analysis