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: 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.