Field Experiments (Florence, Italy)


The European Field Experiments Summer School (held at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy) course covers the theory, method, and practice of conducting randomized field experiments in the social sciences. Participation requires little prior statistical, and no experimental knowledge. The goal of the course is to provide participants with the methodological knowledge and the practical skills to run and analyze their own field experiments.

Over the course of five days, we touch on nearly every chapter in Field Experiments: Design, Analysis and Interpretation by Alan S. Gerber and Donald P. Green. Topics include: Potential outcomes and counterfactuals; difference-in-means, difference-in-differences, covariate adjustment; randomization inference; simple, complete, blocked, and clustered designs; design diagnosis and power analysis; post-treatment bias; noncompliance, attrition, and spillover. Workload: We will assign very short problem sets (approximately 1 hour) each evening. For the last day, participants will prepare a preanalysis plan for an experiment they would like to run in the future.

Prerequisites: The only prerequisite is having taken at least one course in which formal hypothesis testing was taught. We will build all the statistical machinery we need for experiments from the ground up, but familiarity with classical hypothesis testing is a useful starting place.

Software: Students are free to use either R or Stata. We will break out the afternoon computer session by preferred software.

Fee: Members = $1500; Non-members = $2800

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