Sebastian Galiani
Washington University in St. Louis



(Friday, 22nd May 2009)

Title : Empirical Research Methods for Development and Institutional Economics

In this workshop we will review the empirical methods used to uncover causal effects in economics. We will study experimental and quasi-experimental designs. In particular, we will study the design of simple and group randomized experiments, instrumental variable methods, panel data methods and regression discontinuity designs. Finally, we also discuss the use of experiment to recover behavioral parameters that allow us to simulate counterfactual interventions.

Bibliographical references :

Duflo, Esther, Glennerster, Rachel and Kremer, Michael (2007) "Using Randomization in Development Economics Research: A Toolkit", CEPR Discussion Paper n°6059

Joshua D. Angrist and Alan B. Krueger (1999) "Empirical strategies in labor economics", Chapter 23 in the Handbook of Labor Economics, Elsevier.

Kremer, Michael, Jessica Leino, Edward Miguel, and Alix Peterson Zwane (2009) "Spring Cleaning: Rural Water Impacts, Valuation, and Institutions", Working Paper