Welcome!

Welcome to my website! This site is intended to provide some information on my professional activities. I am an applied statistician, epidemiologist, and demographer with a special interest in advanced statistical methods for counterfactual causal inference.

Since November 2015, I have been employed at the Population Health laboratorMJBijlsmay of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR). At the MPIDR, I am primarily concerned with applying causal inference methods to study population health and mortality, but lately I have also been making some forays into fertility research.

Recently, I organized the Rostock Retreat on Causality. The conference was a great success, with excellent speakers from various fields! Participants really enjoyed it, and it received high praise.

In May 2018 I developed a workshop on Causal Mediation Analysis with Longitudinal Data. I taught this workshop for the first time at the University of Helsinki, Finland, in May. This went really well! Students especially praised the clear course material (annotated R-code) and teaching style. The workshop will be given again at the University of Helsinki, May 6th to 10th, 2019.

See the rest of this site for my CV, Publications, an archive of my blog posts, and my contact info.

By popular demand, for the non-Dutch/Frisian. Using English orthography, the Frisian pronunciation of ‘Bijlsma’ is exactly like ‘Beel-sma’ (where ee is like in beet, and the sma like in smathering), and the Dutch pronunciation can be approximated by ‘Bell-sma’.

Please also have a look at Demotrends, a blog that I edit.

Thanks!

Maarten

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