2011 Experiments Conference Agenda


Workshop on Field Experimentation in Political Economy

CSDS 18-20 May 2011

Day 1: Principles and Analysis

Location: International Affairs Building, Room 1219

8:45 – 9: Introductory remarks: Macartan Humphreys and Tim Frye

Lecture 1: 9-10  (Bernd Beber) The fundamental problem of causal inference

The potential outcomes model.

Lecture 2: 10:15 – 11:15 (Bernd Beber) Randomization and alternatives for causal inference

RD, IV, Matching

Lecture 3: 11:30 – 12:30 (Cyrus Samii) Analysis of Experimental Data I: Estimands and Estimators

ATE, ATT, ATC, PATE, SATE, LATE; Regression and Weighting Approaches; Use of controls .


Lecture 4: 1:30 – 2:30 (Rocio Titiunik) Analysis of Experimental Data II

Randomization Inference

Lecture 5: 2:45 – 3:45 (Cyrus Samii) Analysis Troubleshooting 1

Causal inference with missing data: Non-parametric and semi-parametric approaches


Lecture 6: 4 – 5 (Don Green) Analysis Troubleshooting 2:

Causal inference under general interference: Design based approaches

Discussion: 5pm -6pm

Day 2: 19 May – Design

Location: International Affairs Building, Room 707

Lecture 7: 9:00 – 10:00 (Rocio Titiunik) Principles of Design I

How and what to randomize: Restricted randomization: Blocking and matching; Types of treatments: Factorial Designs; Dichotomous or Gradated Treatments; Encouragement.

Lecture 8: 10:15 – 11:15 (Becky Morton) Principles of Design II: Formal Theory and Causation

Formal Models: Theoretical Assumptions and Empirical Evaluations (Ch 6)

Lecture 9: 11:30 – 12:30 (Becky Morton) Applications I

What makes an experiment good? Validity issues.  (Chs 7-8 )


Lecture 10: 1:45 – 2:45 (Laura Paler) Applications II

Lab, Lab in the field, Survey Experimentation, Policy Experimentation

Lecture 11: 3 – 4 (Chris Blattman) Applications III

Impact Evaluation 2.0: Lessons from field experiments in Liberia and Ethiopia

Lecture 12: 4:15 – 4:45 (Alex Scacco) Applications IV

Innovations for data collection on sensitive topics

Lecture 13: 5-6pm (Guy Grossman) Applications V

For what questions can this approach give answers? Overview of applications in political economy. What can be randomized? Overall effects; variation in treatment, pipeline projects


Location: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 700 West 125 Street


Day 3 (20 May): Implementation Issues  & Design Workshop

Location: International Affairs Building, Room 707

Round Table on Implementation Issues, Part 2. 9:00 – 10:00am (Organizer: Eric Mvukiyehe)

  • Forging Partnerships (Eric Mvukiyehe, Columbia University)
  • Behavioral and survey based outcomes (Raul Sanchez de la Sierra and Peter van der Windt, Columbia University)
  • Ethics of experimentation

Presentation of Advanced Projects, 10:15-11:15 am

  • Field Experiments in Rural Russia (Maria Amelina, World Bank)

Design Workshop  Part I (Organizers: Alex Scacco and Kate Baldwin) 11:30 – 1:45 pm

  • Regional Bureaucracy and public Goods (Scott Gelbach; Discussant: Omar Ponce, New York University)
  • Local Governance and Accountability (Raul Sanchez de la Sierra and Peter van der Windt, Columbia University; Discussant: Marion Dumas, Columbia University)
  • Community based policing (Aleksei Belyanin and Tim Frye; Discussant: Yanilda Gonzalez, Princeton University)


Design Workshop Part II, 2:45 – 5:15  pm

  • Do Incentives Lead to Lasting Rights Change? A Behavioral Study of Local Level Roma Discrimination in Slovenia and Croatia(Ana Bracic, New York University; Discussant: Noah Buckley, Columbia University)
  • Clientelism, Diversity, and Civil Conflict: an Experimental Approach (Jorge Gallego, New York University; Discussant: Pavithra Suryanarayan, Columbia University)
  • Political Communication ( Guy Grossman, Columbia University; David Szakonyi, Columbia University)