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Danila Serra

Associate Professor of Economics

Texas A&M University

 

POLICY EXPERIMENTS

 

This course is an introduction to field experimental methods used in economics to understand how individuals and organizations respond to changes in incentives in natural settings. These includes policies and programs implemented by or in collaboration with firms, governments and NGOs both in developed and developing countries. Policy experiments rely on the random assignment of a program to the target population and the measurement of behavioral changes in the natural setting of the target population. In this course, we will study a variety of experiments that have been conducted to inform policy in different areas of economics, including education, health, labor, and development economics.

 

 

SYLLABUS here

 

 

 

VIDEOS

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METHODS

 

 

 

World Bank video:

What is impact evaluation?

JPAL video:

Why Randomize?

World Bank video:

How can you randomize?

 

 

 

 

 

 

EDUCATION

 

 

 

Susan Dynarski on Free tuition and university enrollment

Improving college instruction through incentives

Female role models and choice of university major

 

Brownback and Sadoff (2020)

{From econimate}

Porter&Serra (2020)

 

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HEALTH

 

 

 

 

Does Diversity Matter for Health?

Alsan, Garrik and Graziani (2019)

{From econimate}

 

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To mask or not to mask

Gillespie, Jones and Linardi (2020)

 

Treatment of maternal depression

Baranov et al. (2020)

{From econimate}

 

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Rebecca Dizon-Ross on Motivating Lifestyle Changes

 

 

 

 

Link to research brief

 

 

 

 

LABOR

 

 

 

Market Incentives and Labor Market Investments

Stigma and take-up of labor market assistance

 

Burstzyn, Fujiwara and Pallais (2017)

{From econimate}

Osman and Speer (2020)

 

 

 

 

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GENDER, RACE, DISCRIMINATION

Cecilia Rouse on Gender Discrimination in the Labor Market

 

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Gender Gap in Career Advice

Gallen and Wasserman (2020)

 

 

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VOTING, POLITICS AND POLARIZATION

 

Canvassing and electoral outcomes

Pons (2018)

{From econimate}

 

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DEVELOPMENT

 

 

 

Esther Duflo on Social Experiments to Fight Poverty

Parents’ beliefs about their children’s academic abilities

Reshaping adolescents’ gender attitudes in India

 

Dizon-Ross (2019)

{From econimate}

Dahr, Jain and Jayachandran (2020)

 

 

 

 

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Oriana Bandiera on “Motivating Bureaucrats”

 

 

 

 

 

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Anne Karing on Social Signaling and Child Immunization in Sierra Leone

{From econimate}

 

 

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