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January 7-23, 2014
NYU Abu Dhabi
The Institute is designed to provide training for social science graduate students and junior faculty in experimental methods, broadly defined. The institute will provide training in lab, field, lab-in-the-field, and survey experimental methodology and cover a broad range of substantive topics in the social sciences drawn from economics, political science, and sociology. Practical training for lab-in-the-field experimentation will be provided. The Institute will also include a special module on the issues and concerns of conducting experiments in the Middle East and surrounding region.
- Module 1
- Module 2
- Module 3
Module 1: Short Introduction to Experimental Social Science Methods
The first module will provide students with an understanding of the experimental method in the social sciences and a basic overview of different types of experiments. Topics covered: Rubin Causal Model, Random Assignment, Control, and Formal Theory Approach to Experimentation. Students will be introduced to z-tree and other software used in experiments. For students who already have training in experimental methods, alternative advanced training and instruction will be provided.
Module 2: Applications of Experiments in the Lab, Field, and Lab-in-the-Field
The second module will be an intensive review/discussion of current and possible future experimental research in macroeconomics, market design, school choice, labor markets, and environmental policies. A particular emphasis will be placed on providing students with methodological training; covering the application of models of bounded rationality and learning to understanding behavior in experiments.
In this module, students will also receive practical training in conducting lab-in-the-field experiments using the NYUAD mobile lab and other resources. Although there exists a lot of training opportunities for both traditional field and lab experiments, but there is no systematic training in lab-in-the-field experimentation. In this module students will consider the special issues in designing lab-in-the field experiments such as designing materials for illiterates, managing times, recruiting subjects to a common location, choosing locations, etc.
Module 3: Experiments in the Middle East and Surrounding Region
The third module will focus on tools and information about conducting experiments in the region around NYUAD, broadly defined. Although a good number of researchers are now conducting experimental work in many parts of the world, the Middle East is relatively understudied and difficult for new researchers to approach or form contacts. NYUAD can provide these opportunities for researchers and serve as a base for their research. In this module we will invite local scholars and representatives in the region and facilitate contacts and interactions between students in the class and regional experts.
Olivier Bochet, NYUAD
Fotini Christia, MIT
Daniel Corstange, Columbia University
Michael J. Gilligan, NYU
Jacob Goeree, University of Zurich
Amaney Jamal, Princeton University
Dorothea Kuebler, WZB Berlin
Andreas Lange, University of Hamburg
Peter Martinsson, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Rebecca Morton, NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi
Nikos Nikiforakis, NYU Abu Dhabi