The CESS Nuffield Winter School on Experimental Methods in Business, Policy and Social Sciences will be held on the FLAME University campus in Pune, India. This course was postponed. This Winter School features a Design and Research Workshop with paper presentations from selected workshop participants.

You can see the programme of this course below.

The course covers the design, implementation, and analytic tools necessary for conducting social science experiments. Applicants interested in presenting in the Design and Research workshop must submit an abstract of their original work along with the Winter School application. Selected participants will have the opportunity to make a presentation and get valuable feedback from top experimentalists. In the first week, the focus will be on laboratory experiments. After an introduction in experimental designs and a review of recent topics in experimental social sciences, the reminder of the first week will be hands-on lab experiments. Participants will learn how to program experiments with z-Tree and o-Tree, work with the subject recruitment software, analyse experimental data and be able to run a lab experiment. In the first half of the second week, the course will cover field and online experiments. The remainder of the second week will cover topics of causal inference and experimental approaches to data analysis. Upon completion of the course participants should be able to (1) formulate research questions that can be addressed using experiments, (2) design and carry out experiments, and (3) analyse and interpret results from social sciences experiments.

The course is appropriate for PhD students and junior faculty members at management institutions and social sciences departments, business/behavioral finance executives, marketing/advertising executives who want to know more about A/B testing, policy/impact evaluation experts, and NGO Practitioners. It is also appropriate for participants who want to become informed consumers of experimental research scholarship.

Participants should have a basic background in research design and statistics. For example, with respect to research design, they should understand basic concepts such as exogeneity, control group, and confounding effects. With respect to basic statistics, they should understand the principals of ordinary least squares regression; how to calculate simple measures of association; and have some familiarity with a statistical software package. The hands-on experimental data analysis lab sessions will use R. Participants not familiar with R are strongly advised to attend the Introduction in R, held throughout the first week.

The CESS Nuffield Winter School will take place at FLAME University, Pune. CESS Nuffield – FLAME University has a fully-equipped experimental laboratory which will be an integral part of the Winter School instruction. It is highly recommended that students book their accommodation as early as possible. Housing in student hostels will be available, and accepted participants will have the option to reserve housing in December.

Cost: 75,000 Rupees. (Excludes accommodation)
Cost: 60,000 Rupees (First week only for delegates from the corporate sector)

Limited scholarships will be available for deserving candidates. Application for financial assistance can be made along with the admissions application.

Week 1
Day Time Place Topic Instructor
Monday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Causal inference and experimental designs rd
14:00 – 16:00 CL Case Studies in Behavioural Finance and Consumer Decisions rd
Tuesday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Experimental Design rd
14:00 – 16:00 CL Case Studies in Financial Regulation and Retail Marketing rd
Wednesday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Lab Experiments with Case Studies se
14:00 – 16:00 CL Programming Lab Experiments se
Thursday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Programming Lab Experiments se
14:00 – 16:00 CL Summarizing data from laboratory experiments se
Friday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Lab Case Study: Behavioural Finance se
14:00 – 16:00 CL Workshop I (selected paper presentations) t.b.a.
Week 2
Day Time Place Topic Instructor
Monday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Field Experiments sb
14:00 – 16:00 CL Field Experiment Policy Case Study sb
Tuesday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Online Experiments for the Public and Private Sector rd
14:00 – 16:00 CL Field Experiments: Finance and Financial Regulation Case Studies se
Wednesday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Experimental approaches to data analysis I lk
14:00 – 16:00 CL Analysing experimental data I lk
17:00 – 18:30 t.b.a Guest lecture lk
Thursday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Experimental approaches to data analysis II lk
14:00 – 16:00 CL Analysing Experimental Data: Case Studies from the Health Sector lk
Friday 09:00 – 12:30 CL Workshop II (selected paper presentations) lk
rd: Ray Duch; se: Soenke Ehret ; sb: Sharon Barnhardt; lk: Luke Keele

Raymond Duch

Official Fellow of Nuffield College and Director of CESS

Research interests: Comparative political economy, political behaviour, methods.

Sharon Barnhardt

CESS Nuffield – FLAME University, Director

Research interests: Urban Development, Rural Health.

Luke Keele

Associate Professor, Georgetown University.

Research interests: Matching methods, instrumental variables, randomization inference, and regression discontinuity designs.

Soenke Ehret 

Postdoctoral Research Officer of CESS

Research interests: Experimental political science, political economy.

Applications to our Winter School are very competitive so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Acceptance is limited and will be based on competitive applications.

Application requirements

In addition to their personal details and qualifications, applicants must submit a paragraph describing the individual’s experience/interest in experiments. Those interested in participating in the Research and Design Workshops must also submit an abstract of the paper they wish to present.

Closing date: still opened (as the course was postponed).

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