Academic journal article NBER Reporter

Economics of Field Experiments

Academic journal article NBER Reporter

Economics of Field Experiments

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An NBER conference, "Economics of Field Experiments," took place in Cambridge on April 10-11. Research Associates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo of MIT organized the meeting. These papers were discussed:

* Judith Gueron, MDRC, "The Politics and Practice of Social Experiments: Seeds of a Revolution"

* Rachel Glennerster, MIT, "The Practicalities of Running Randomized Evaluations: Partnerships, Measurement, Ethics, and Transparency"

* Abhijit Banerjee; Sylvain Chassang, Princeton University; and Erik Snowberg, California Institute of Technology and NBER, "Decision Theoretic Approaches to Experiment Design and External Validity"

* Duncan Simester, MIT, "Field Experiments in Marketing"

* Frederico Finan, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER; Benjamin A. Olken, MIT and NBER; Rohini Pande, Harvard University and NBER, "Government Workers in Developing Countries"

* Alan S. Gerber, Yale University and NBER, and Donald Green, Columbia University, "Field Experiments on Voter Mobilization: An Overview of a Burgeoning Literature"

* Pascaline Dupas, Stanford University and NBER, and Edward Miguel, University of California, Berkeley, and NBER, "Health, Health Care, and Health Behavior in Developing Countries"

* Karthik Muralidharan, University of California, San Diego, and NBER, "Field Experiments in Education in Developing Countries"

* Roland G. …

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