We Apply a Range of Technical Tools in Our Analyses

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Our economists, statisticians and data scientists provide expertise in:

  • Econometrics and statistics.
  • Machine learning.
  • Casual inference.
  • Experiments.
  • Game theory.
  • Simulation.
  • Optimization.

Research Spotlight
IDA Evaluated the Impact of Border Patrol Sanctions on Illegal Border Crossings

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Exploiting random variation in the rollout of sanctions between 2008 to 2012, we estimated that sanctions can account for 28 to 44 percent of the observed decline in recidivism in apprehensions over that time period.

See our research summary based on the published results in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy.

We Develop and Use Machine Learning Tools

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IDA’s Finite-Interval Forecasting Engine (FIFE) provides a suite of machine learning models for discrete-time survival analysis and multivariate time-series forecasting.

IDA’s Retention Prediction Model (RPM) is a military retention application of FIFE for producing person-level retention forecasts.

RPM has been cited in congressional testimony, Forbes and other venues.

FIFE is available on Python Package index, GitHub and Read the Docs.