2022 Bergen Summer Research School

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13 December 2021 15:15

2022 Bergen Summer Research School

The topic of the 2022 Bergen Summer Research School is “Understanding and addressing inequality”. FAIR will contribute with a course on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries. A group of us at FAIR will teach some of the lectures, and the course is a mix of methods and topics.

Course description
Research in development economics has been transformed by the increase and feasibility of field and lab experiments in economics. The 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Banerjee, Duflo, and Kremer because “in just two decades, their new experiment-based approach has transformed development economics.”

Experiments are now one of the main tools to understand and address several sources of inequality, such as differences in access to health and education, gender roles and bargaining within the household, inclusion in financial systems, and taxation.

This course will introduce students to state-of-the-art experimental methods in development economics. Students will get the basics of randomized controlled trials and lab-in-the-field experiments and study applications of these methods on some of the main topics in development economics.

Learning outcomes
This course is targeted at students interested in the experimental method in economics and/or learning about the main topics in development economics. The main goal is to familiarize students with experimental methods through applications to the main issues in development.

Specifically, students will:

  • Think critically about the causes and solutions to issues in the developing world
  • Learn the basics of the design and analysis of experiments
  • Formulate their own experiment addressing one issue in development economics

Course leader bio
Catalina Franco is a researcher at the FAIR Insight Team at the Centre of Excellence FAIR (Centre for Experimental Research on Fairness, Inequality and Rationality). She is also a postdoctoral researcher at the Economics Department at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH). Before joining FAIR, Catalina obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, USA.

Catalina’s main research interests are in the fields of development, behavioral and labor economics. Her main current projects focus on improving gender equality in education decisions, academic beliefs and performance, and access to leadership positions in community initiatives in developing countries.

Planned lectures

  1. Introduction (June 7)
  • Lecture 1: Introduction* – Catalina Franco (NHH); Experiments in development –Kjetil Bjorvatn (NHH)
  • Lecture 2: The experimental method – Vincent Somville (NHH)
  1. RCTs and lab experiments (June 8)
  • Lecture 3: RCTs – Simone Häckl (University of Stavanger)
  • Lecture 4: Lab and lab-in-the-field – Ingrid Sjursen (CMI)
  1. Household (June 9)
  • Lecture 5: Childcare for family welfare – Kjetil Bjorvatn (NHH)
  • Lecture 6: Intrahousehold bargaining – Charlotte Ringdal (CMI)
  1. Health (June 10)
  • Lecture 7: Health – Vincent Somville (NHH)
  • Lecture 8: Health – Peter Hangoma (CMI)
  1. Education (June 13)
  • Lecture 9: Education – Catalina Franco (NHH)
  • Lecture 10: Financial literacy – Fenella Carpena (OsloMET)
  1. Finance and taxation (June 14)
  • Lecture 11: Financial inclusion – Lore Vandewalle (Graduate Institute, Geneva)
  • Lecture 12: Taxation – Ingrid Sjursen (CMI)
  1. Dream-project preparation (June 15)
  • Lectures 13 and 14: Group discussion preparation for the presentations
  1. Inequality and fairness views across the world (June 16)
  • Lecture 15: Fairness across the world – Bertil Tungodden (NHH)
  1. Dream-project presentations (June 16)
  • Lecture 16: Group presentations


The course is open for economists/PhD students. Interested students should check this information:

The information about the Bergen Summer Research School is here

And the information about the course FAIR is going to be teaching is here.

The application deadline is February 1, 2022.

Apply here