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Everything That Can Go Wrong in a Field Experiment (and What to Do About It)

Economics, Psychology, experiments

Untried field staff. Technology failures. Government agencies with their own agendas. Field experiments in the developing world can lead to major breakthroughs but can also offer serious challenges. How can researchers prepare for these obstacles? And what can they do when unexpected circumstances threaten to derail a project?

Four Stanford researchers offered up the lessons they have learned during a panel discussion called “Everything That Can Go Wrong in a Field Experiment,” hosted by the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The Global Development Poverty initiative seminar is intended to help build the interest and capacity of Stanford researchers around international development.

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