Field Experiments in Education (expired)

ECS559 Field Experiments in Education (expired)

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    Research on the effectiveness of policies to improve education has been transformed by the rapid increase in the feasibility and prevalence of field experiments over the past 15 years.

    This course has three main objectives.  First, it will illustrate the very broad range of research questions regarding education (especially in developing countries) that have been addressed using field experiments, and summarize the most important patterns of findings from this body of research. Second, it will discuss some of the limitations of field experiments and strategies for mitigating them through better design. Third, it aims to provide a practical toolkit on design, implementation, measurement and data collection, analysis, and interpretation of field experiments in education.

  • Learning outcome

    After completing this course, the candidate


    • has sound knowledge on the use of field experiments to measure effectiveness of policies to improve education.


    • can apply a practical toolkit on design, implementation, measurement and data collection, analysis and interpretation.

    General competence:

    • understands when field experiments can be useful in measuring implementation of policies in education.  

  • Teaching

    It will consist of ten lectures over four days (with one lecture being a staff seminar). The students will also be given the opportunity to present their own Research.

  • Required prerequisites

    Successful completion of an introductory economics course on the doctoral Level.

  • Requirements for course approval

    Participation in class

  • Assessment

    Individual term paper

  • Grading Scale


  • Literature



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Course responsible

Lecturer: Karthik Muralidharan, University of California San Diego, NBER, and JPAL

Course responsible: Katrine Vellesen Løken, Department of Economics