Explaining Randomized Evaluation Techniques Using Classroom Games

20 Pages Posted: 14 Sep 2010

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Subha Mani

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill

Utteeyo Dasgupta

Wagner College-Department of Economics

Date Written: September 7, 2010

Abstract

Over the last decade, randomized evaluations have taken the field of development economics by storm. Despite the availability of strong review pieces in the topic, there is no pedagogical paper on randomized evaluation. This paper bridges the gap by introducing three interactive classroom games to communicate the concepts of Average Treatment Effect (ATE), Intent-to-Treat Effect (ITT), Sub-group Average Treatment Effect (SATE), and Externality Effect (EE). The classroom games are easy to implement and provide students an opportunity to participate in a simple randomized trial of their own.

Keywords: Program Evaluation, Classroom Experiment, Pedogogy, Economic Development

JEL Classification: A22, C70

Suggested Citation

Mani, Subha and Dasgupta, Utteeyo, Explaining Randomized Evaluation Techniques Using Classroom Games (September 7, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1676876 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1676876

Subha Mani (Contact Author)

Fordham University - Fordham College at Rose Hill ( email )

United States

Utteeyo Dasgupta

Wagner College-Department of Economics ( email )

Staten Island, NY 10301
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://sites.google.com/site/utteeyodasgupta/

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