Economic Research Report No. (ERR-236) 55 pp

August 2017

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

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.

Keywords: behavioral economics, Conservation Reserve Program, conservation targeting, randomized controlled trials, economic experiments, laboratory experiments, field experiment

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Last updated: Thursday, August 17, 2017

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