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Economic Experiments for Policy Analysis and Program Design: A Guide for Agricultural Decisionmakers

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  • Higgins, Nathaniel
  • Hellerstein, Daniel
  • Wallander, Steven
  • Lynch, Lori

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This report examines the use of experiments for building evidence to inform agricultural policy, providing an introduction to the field of experimental economics and discussing the increasing use of field experiments and randomized controlled trials in the social sciences and in government. See related Amber Waves article Gathering Experimental Evidence To Improve the Design of Agricultural Programs.

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  • Higgins, Nathaniel & Hellerstein, Daniel & Wallander, Steven & Lynch, Lori, 2017. "Economic Experiments for Policy Analysis and Program Design: A Guide for Agricultural Decisionmakers," Economic Research Report 262181, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:262181
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.262181
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    1. Timothy N. Cason & Steven Y. Wu, 2019. "Subject Pools and Deception in Agricultural and Resource Economics Experiments," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 73(3), pages 743-758, July.
    2. Leah H. Palm-Forster & Paul J. Ferraro & Nicholas Janusch & Christian A. Vossler & Kent D. Messer, 2019. "Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Research: Methodological Challenges, Literature Gaps, and Recommendations," Environmental & Resource Economics, Springer;European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, vol. 73(3), pages 719-742, July.
    3. Janusch, Nicholas & Palm-Forster, Leah H. & Messer, Kent D. & Ferraro, Paul J., 2017. "Behavioral Insights for Agri-Environmental Program and Policy Design," 2018 Allied Social Sciences Association (ASSA) Annual Meeting, January 5-7, 2018, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 266299, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

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