Princeton Workshop on Field Experiments

Sponsored by: the Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance, the Department of Psychology, and the Quantitative and Analytical Political Science Program.

Organizers: Elizabeth Levy Paluck (Psychology), Graeme Blair (Politics Ph.D. candidate), and Rebecca Littman (Psychology Ph.D. student)

Though there are numerous scholars working on field experimental research at Princeton across social science departments and the Woodrow Wilson School, there is little communication among them, formal or informal. This initiative is an attempt to remedy this situation through a once per month workshop that brings together economists, psychologists, political scientists, policy scholars, and sociologists who use experimental methods outside of the laboratory.

The focus of the seminar is on providing substantive, logistical, and methodological feedback on new research designs and early working papers of the results from field experiments from a broad set of perspectives. It can serve as a first venue to present designs and early working papers on field experiments for Princeton graduate students and faculty. In addition, external presenters are invited to present designs and working papers.

The format of the workshop is designed as follows: the presenter will be required to circulate the design document or paper and the data and code to replicate the results a week in advance of the presentation. In the meeting, the speaker will not make a presentation. Instead, a graduate student or pair of students who agreed to discuss the proposal, or to replicate the results of the paper, will make a short presentation on replication and proposed extensions, and the remainder of the 75 minutes would be devoted to audience feedback.

Email list: subscribe to the Workshop's announce-only e-mail list by e-mailing "SUBSCRIBE fld_experiments" in the body of an e-mail to


All events in Green Hall 

Nov. 9 (Fri.), 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1-S-5

Chris Blattman (Columbia)

Dec. 4 (Tues.), 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1-N-5

Leonard Wantchekon (Princeton)

Paper: wantchekon-fall12.pdf

Feb. 5 (Tues.), 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1-S-5

Todd Rogers (Harvard)

Feb. 26 (Tues.), 4:30-6:30 p.m. 1-S-5

Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard) and Anuj Shah (Chicago)

Spring schedule to follow

Bobst-CSDP Workshop on Experimental Design

Sponsored by: the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics.

The Bobst-CSDP workshop on advanced experimental designs will be a forum for faculty, fellows, and graduate students to exchange constructive feedback on experimental research "in progress" - ideally before the data generating process has begun. The workshop will meet once every month, and each meeting will be dedicated to workshopping a single research design. A summary of the research design will be distributed in advance of each meeting. All participants are requested to prepare comments before each workshop. Additionally, one or two discussants will be assigned to provide extended feedback on each proposal. Email Victoria Shineman for further details.

In addition to the advanced workshop, there will be a once-monthly graduate-only session where students may workshop ideas for potential interventions or early-stage research designs. The goal of the graduate workshop is to assist students in the preliminary phases of research and experimental design, and to prepare them for future presentations (either in the advanced workshop or elsewhere). The graduate workshop is intended to be the less formal counterpart to the advanced workshop, and as such all students with any interest in experimental work are encouraged to attend. Email Brandon de la Cuesta or Liz Nugent for further details.