Peter M. Steiner

Position title: Associate Professor, Educational Psychology


Phone: (608) 262-0842

1061 Educational Sciences
1025 W. Johnson Street

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I am a quantitative methodologist and statistician in the Department of Educational Psychology. My research covers the design and analysis of randomized experiments and quasi-experiments, including regression discontinuity designs, time series designs, matching designs, and vignettes experiments (factorial surveys). Additional research topics include replication designs, graphical models, and factorial surveys (vignette analysis). I regularly apply these designs and the corresponding analytic methods to real data and serve as a consultant for student projects but also for studies conducted by different national and international universities and research institutions.

CDE research theme area affiliation

Demography of Inequality

Selected Publications

Steiner, Peter, Yongnam Kim, Courtney Hall, and Dan Su. “Graphical Models for Quasi-Experimental Designs.” Sociological Methods & Research 46, no. 2 (2017): 155-88. NIHMS ID 983974.

Steiner, Peter, Soojin Park, and Yongnam Kim. “Identifying Causal Estimands for Time-Varying Treatments Measured with Time-Varying (Age or Grade-Based) Instruments.” Multivariate Behavioral Research 51, no. 6 (2016): 865-70. PubMed Central ID 6087470.

Steiner, Peter, and Yongnam Kim. “The Mechanics of Omitted Variable Bias: Bias Amplification and Cancellation of Offsetting Biases.” Journal of Causal Inference 4, no. 2 (2016). NIHMS ID 983982.

Kim, Yongnam, and Peter Steiner. “Quasi-Experimental Designs for Causal Inference.” Educational Psychologist 51, no. 3-4 (2016): 395-405. PubMed Central ID 6086368.