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January 7-22, 2015
NYU Abu Dhabi
The Division of Social Sciences and the Social Sciences Experimental Laboratory (SSEL), and the NYU Abu Dhabi Institute are pleased to sponsor the Second Winter Experimental Social Sciences Institute (WESSI) at New York University 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 Inaugural Institute will also include a special module on the issues and concerns of conducting experiments in Africa, the Middle East, and the surrounding region.
- Week One
- Week Two
- Week Three
The first few days will provide students with an understanding of the experimental method in the social sciences and a basic overview of different types of experiments such as lab, lab in the field, field, and survey, with a particular focus on laboratory methods and the formal theory approach to experimentation. Students will be introduced to z-tree and other software used in lab and lab in the field experiments. Recent advances in biological and neuro lab experiments in the social sciences will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to participate and run laboratory experiments and discuss issues in lab and lab in the field experimentation such as validity and artificiality. Lectures will be held in the mornings with practical applications and general discussions in the afternoons.
In the second week, we will begin with a discussion of building laboratories outside of traditional university settings and the recruitment of nonstudent subject pools for such experiments. We will also spend considerable time discussing issues in experimental design and the how experiments can be used to productively derive causal inferences, discussing the Rubin Causal Model, Random Assignment, and Control in Experimentation. Finally, we will explore how to design field experiments and in particular discuss applications of experimentation in developing countries. Lectures will be held in the mornings with student presentations of their own research and research design proposals in the afternoons.
Students will discuss lab-in-the-field experiments and 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. The end of the third week will focus on tools and information about conducting experiments in the Middle East and North African region. 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. Lectures will be held in the mornings with student presentations of their own research and research design proposals in the afternoons.
Dana Burde, Education and Political Science, Steinhardt School, NYU
Juan-Camilo Cardenas, Economics, Universidad de los Andes
Johannes Haushofer, Psychology and Economics, Princeton University
Macartan Humphreys, Political Science, Columbia University
Amaney Jamal, Political Science, Princeton University
Peter Martinsson, Economics, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Tarek Masoud, Public Policy, Kennedy School, Harvard
Rebecca Morton, Political Science, NYU and NYU Abu Dhabi
Nikos Nikiforakis, Associate Professor of Economics, NYU Abu Dhabi
Dustin Tingley, Political Science, Harvard University
Peter van der Windt, Political Science, NYU Abu Dhabi