Methodological Frontiers of Public Finance Field Experiments

33 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2007 Last revised: 20 Mar 2010

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Jeffrey R. Kling

Government of the United States of America - Congressional Budget Office (CBO); National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Date Written: February 2007

Abstract

The purpose of this article is to demonstrate how a rich array of methods can be applied to increase the relevance of field experiments in public economics. Two cross-cutting themes are important in multiple phases of the research. First, greater statistical sophistication can draw more value from a field experiment without obscuring the simple and compelling information from the differences in average outcomes of intervention and control groups. Second, the methodological frontier is interdisciplinary, drawing on knowledge and techniques developed in psychology, anthropology, and sociology that can be adapted in order to make public finance field experiments more useful.

Suggested Citation

Kling, Jeffrey, Methodological Frontiers of Public Finance Field Experiments (February 2007). NBER Working Paper No. w12931, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=965123

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