UCEMA announces the Field Experiments in Economics eWorkshop

18-20 August

JILAEE is pleased to announce an eWorkshop on Field Experiments in Economics from 18-20 August 2020.

The basic objective of this workshop is to provide an introduction to designing and implementing field experiments in economics. The first two days are targeted at graduate students, postdocs, junior faculty, and other early career economists in Latin America, and the last day is targeted at practitioners in firms, government, and NGOs.

Recent years have seen an enormous increase and interest in research using experimental methods in the field to address questions across a broad range of topics in economics. Yet for early career researchers, carrying out a field experiment may be daunting.

During the first two days, the workshop will offer a crash course on designing, implementing, and analyzing field experiments. It will show the potential gains from using field experiments to test economic theory, make causal inference, and inform optimal policies. Participants will leave the workshop with the tools to successfully conduct their own field experiments, and will have the opportunity to present their research ideas and receive feedback.

Evidence-based policies and business practices are no longer an aspirational ‘gold-standard’ of public policy but are now considered the baseline standard for new and ongoing programs. The last day will be devoted to meetings with practitioners in firms, government, and NGOs. We seek to find practitioner partners who are open to new and bold ideas that will revolutionize the way they develop policy, or do business.

During the last day, the workshop will show how field experiments can improve upon A/B testing to lend insights to best practices in public policy and businesses. Additionally, behavioral economics “nudges” use a knowledge of human psychology to develop low-cost solutions for organizations. We will introduce JILAEE and talk about how organizations can benefit from working with our team in a research partnership. Participants will split up into break-out sessions to receive individual attention from our team, and brainstorm novel solutions to their organization’s problems.

We especially encourage applications from graduate students and early career economists from (or interested in doing research in) Latin America.

There is no registration fee for this workshop. Depending on interest we may need to cap numbers.

Workshop Schedule

Day 1


Session 1
9am-9:30am Chicago
11am-11:30am Bs. As


John List (University of Chicago) & Julio Elias (Universidad del CEMA)

Session 2
9:30am-10:30am Chicago
11:30am-12:30pm Bs. As.

The Dozen Things Experimental Economists Should Do (More of)

John List (University of Chicago)

Lunch break Student presentations of research ideas

Session 3
11:30am-12:30pm Chicago
1:30pm-2:30pm Bs. As.

The Use and Interpretation of Field Experiments

Julio J. Elias (Universidad del CEMA)

Session 4
12:30pm-1pm Chicago
2:30pm-3pm Bs. As.

Experimental Methods Session I

Karen J. Ye (Queen’s University)

Day 2


Session 5
9am-10:30am Chicago
11am-12:30pm Bs. As.

Experimental Methods Session II

Jared Gars (JILAEE) and Julia Seither (Universidad del Rosario)

Lunch break Student presentations of research ideas

Session 6
11:30am-1pm Chicago
1:30pm-3pm Bs. As.

Experimental Methods Session III

Egon Tripodi (University of Essex and JILAEE) & Ana Garcia-Hernandez (Universidad del Rosario, IPA and JILAEE)

Day 3


Session 1
9am-9:30am Chicago
11am-11:30am Bs. As.


John List (University of Chicago)

Parallel Sessions

Session 7
9:30am-10:30am Chicago
11:30am-12:30pm Bs. As.

Practitioner workshop with firms

Session 8
9:30am-10:30am Chicago
11:30am-12:30pm Bs.As.

Practitioner workshop with governments and NGOs

Lunch break
Time Afternoon: Break-out 1:1 meetings with potential research partners

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