CESS Asia Experimental Summer School 2017, India

Publish Date: Oct 14, 2016

Deadline: Dec 31, 2016


The course covers the design, implementation, and analytic tools necessary for conducting social science experiments. 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, work with the subject recruitment software, analyse experimental data and be able to run a lab experiment at the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. In the first half of the second week, the course will cover field and online experiments. Moreover, in two afternoon sessions, participants will have the opportunity to present their own experimental research and receive feedback from an experienced team of instructors. 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 participants from any discipline who expect to include experimental social research as part of their research agenda. 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.

Location and Cost

The Experimental Summer School will be held at the CESS India Lab. CESS has a fully-equipped experimental laboratory which will be an integral part of the Summer School instruction. It is highly recommended that students book their accommodation as early as possible.


115,000 Rupees.


Week 1
Day   Time   Place   Topic   Instructor
Monday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Causal inference and experimental designs I   rd
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Causal inference and experimental designs II   rd
Tuesday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Experimental Design   rd
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Experimental Design   rd
Wednesday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Lab Experiments   jj
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Programming z-Tree and o-Tree I   jj
Thursday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Programming z-Tree and o-Tree II   jj
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Summarizing data from laboratory experiments   jj
Friday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Programming z-Tree and o-Tree III   jj
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Participants’ presentations I   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 Experiments   sb
Tuesday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Programming online experiments I   rd
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Programming online experiments II   rd
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
    18:30 – 19:00   t.b.a   Pre-dinner drinks & Dinner    
Thursday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Experimental approaches to data analysis II   lk
    14:00 – 16:00   CL   Analysing experimental data II   lk
Friday   09:00 – 12:30   CL   Participants’ presentations II   lk
rd: Ray Duch; jj: John Jensenius; 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

John Jensenius

Researcher and Assistant to the Director of CESS

Research interests: Experimental social science, behavioural economics, public economics, industrial organisation

Sharon Barnhardt

CESS India, 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

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