New South Wales


Lunchtime Seminar: Taking the lab to the field


From: Thursday October 26, 2017, 12:30 pm

To: Thursday October 26, 2017, 2:00 pm

Taking the lab to the field: using lab-in-the-field experiments to inform policy

Abstract Lab experiments conducted in a naturalistic environment, termed “lab-in-the-field” experiments, are becoming an increasingly popular methodology. This talk discusses the use of the methodology to inform policy decisions. Sarah focuses first on the ability of lab-in-the-field experiments to test for the external validity of results obtained in the lab, compares behaviour across various cultures, and explores behavioural mechanisms. Sarah then discusses specific examples of the use of these experiments to assist in the design and targeting of policy, particularly in developing countries.

Sarah Walker is a development economist whose research combines policy evaluation techniques and experimental economic methods in order to understand persistent and contemporary issues around poverty alleviation. In addition to her academic research, Sarah has served as a consultant to the World Bank on a number of projects, including the Afghanistan and Somliland Poverty Briefs, as well as a joint project with the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) which sought to evaluate the long-run effects of refugee inflows on the host community in northwestern Kenya. Sarah was trained in the design and administration of randomized control trials (RCTs) through her work as an Evaluation Coordinator at Innovations for Poverty Action / the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (IPA/J-PAL), and continues to implement these techniques in her own work. 


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