Past workshops


14.-15.11.2019: 4th INSEAD RCT days, in collaboration with 8th field days: Experiments outside the laboratory (INSEAD Europe Campus)

This workshop brought together leading economists who conduct field experiments to present and discuss their work. Confirmed keynote speakers at this year’s workshop were John List (University of Chicago) and Oriana Bandiera (LSE). We also had two poster session at which participants presented and discussed early stage projects.


Thursday, 14.11.2019

08:30 - 09:00: Registration

09:00 - 09:10: Welcome

  • Ziv Carmon (INSEAD, Dean of Research), Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD)

09:10 - 10:30: Paper Session 1

  • Dylan Glover (INSEAD): The value of a vacancy: Evidence from a randomized evaluation with local employment agencies
  • Michele Belot (European University Institute): How wage announcements affect job search - a field experiment

Session Chair: Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

10:30 - 10:55: Coffee break

10:55 - 12:15: Paper Session 2

  • Zoe Cullen (Harvard Business School): The salary taboo: Privacy norms and the diffusion of information
  • Dirk Sliwka (University of Cologne): Talking about performance or paying for it? – Evidence from a field experiment

Session chair: Dylan Glover (INSEAD)

12:15 - 13:15: Lunch

13:15 - 13:55: Paper Session 3

  • Golvine de Rochambeau (Sciences Po): Access-to-demand frictions and firm growth: Experimental evidence from Liberia

Session chair: Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

13:55 - 15:15: Poster session 1 & coffee

  • Alexandra Roulet (INSEAD): Soft skills and job search outcomes
  • Dmitry Chebotarev (INSEAD): Pricing information: Experimental evidence
  • Florian Englmaier (LMU Munich): Tournaments in non-routine analytical team tasks: Evidence from a field experiment
  • Marvin Deversi (LMU Munich): Cooperation in a company: A large-scale experiment
  • Michael Kaiser (LMU Munich): Identifying and teaching high-growth entrepreneurship: Experimental evidence from entrepreneurship academies for university students in Uganda
  • Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam): Correcting erroneous beliefs about job opportunities and wages: A field experiment on education choices
  • Timo Verlaat (Utrecht University School of Economics): Conditionality requirements vs. freedom of choice in social welfare: Preliminary lessons from a field experiment with social welfare recipients in the Netherlands
  • Valentin Wagner (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz): Self-selection and treatment assignment in field experiments

15:15 - 16:35: Keynote session 1

  • Oriana Bandiera (LSE): Organisation economics and the state: Lessons from field experiments

16:45 - 18:25: Special plenary session on early childhood development

  • Dana Suskind (University of Chicago): Session chair and closing remarks
  • Orla Doyle (University College Dublin): The first 2,000 days and child skills
  • Sonya Krutikova (Institute For Fiscal Studies - IFS): Early childhood education in deprived contexts: Experimental evidence from rural Ghana
  • Julie Pernaudet (University of Chicago): Skill formation in the first year of life: A field experiment targeting parents’ beliefs and behaviors
19:00 - Bus departure for dinner at Le Bistrot du Broc

Friday, 15.11.2019

08:30 - 09:00: Registration

09:00 - 10:20: Paper session 4

  • Florence Kondylis (The World Bank): Demand for "safe spaces": avoiding harassment and stigma
  • Nagore Iriberri (University of the Basque Country): Brave boys and play-it-safe girls: gender differences in willingness to guess in a large scale natural field experiment

Session chair: Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD)

10:20 - 10:45: Coffee break

10:45 - 11:25: Paper session 5

  • Eric Taylor (Harvard Graduate School of Education): Teacher peer observation and student test scores: evidence from a field experiment in English secondary schools

Session chair: Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD)

11:25 - 12:45: Keynote session 2

  • John List (University of Chicago): Using field experiments in economics
12:45 - 13:45: Lunch

13:45 - 15:10: Poster session 2 & coffee

  • Claudia Schupp (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen & Leibniz Universität Hannover): Information, beliefs and investments in education: Experimental evidence from Cambodia
  • Dominik Grothe (LMU Munich): Microaspects of leadership in non-routine analytical team tasks
  • Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon (University of Kent): Social effects of the vote of the majority: An experiment on the Brexit-vote
  • Kaisa Snellman (INSEAD): Biased Pipelines: The effect of founder gender and race on job applicant interest
  • Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD): Individual identity and organizational identification: Evidence from a field experiment
  • Marieke Huysentruyt (HEC Paris): How can non-profit organizations improve their governance to increase their social impact?: Evidence from a randomized program in healthcare in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Schanzah Khalid (LMU Munich): You can't be what you can't see - raising aspirations to make social programs more effective
  • Tim Klausmann (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz): Understanding adaptive learning with a field experiment
  • Zain Chaudhry (Heidelberg University - Alfred-Weber-Institute for Economics): Mobilizing women voters

15:10 - 16:30: Paper session 6

  • Pierre Chandon (INSEAD): Effects of graphical front-of-pack labels on the nutritional quality of supermarket food purchases: Evidence from a largescale randomized controlled trial
  • Clément Imbert (University of Warwick): How to improve tax compliance? Evidence from population-wide experiments in Belgium

Session chair: Michele Belot (European University Institute)

16:30 - 16:45: Closing

  • Robert Dur (Erasmus University Rotterdam), Maria Guadalupe (INSEAD)

MC: Florian Schloderer (INSEAD)







Location: INSEAD Asia Campus in Singapore - 9am to 5pm


  • Maria Guadalupe, Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, Academic Director of the INSEAD RCT Lab, Chair, Economics and Political Science Area
  • Florian Schloderer, Lecturer

Highlights from the Agenda

  • Keynote presentation:
    • The Firm as a Long-Term Lab: Guido Friebel, PhD, Professor for Human Resource Management, Scientific Director, Center for Leadership and Behaviour in Organizations (CLBO), Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany
      Management practices and managers are one of the reasons behind firm productivity differentials. Over the last decade, we have witnessed a renewed interest in measuring those. I discuss different approaches, based on large samples of firms and surveys, and in-depth information from one or a small number of firms, the so-called insider econometrics approach. I also review the existing literature on RCTs in on-going firms, discuss the methodological advantages and challenges, and provide some examples of designs. This includes a discussion of design elements that, in my experience, may help to build up a constituency in firms to follow through with an RCT. 
  • Paper presentations: 
    • Zoe Kinias: Interventions to Facilitate Women's Success in Business: A Foundational RCT and Follow-up Adaptations" (joint with Jessica Sim and Clarissa Cortland)
    • Arzi Adbi: Women’s Disempowerment and Preference for Risky Skin Whitening Products: Experimental Evidence from India (with Chirantan Chatterjee, Zoe Kinias, Jasjit Singh)
    • Matthew Lee: Outcome efficiency in impact investing decisions
    • Jasjit Singh: Philanthropic Campaigns and Customer Behaviour: Field Experiments on an Online Taxi Booking Platform (joint work with N. Teng and S. Netessine)
    • Spyros Zoumpoulis: Efficiently Evaluating Targeting Policies Using Field Experiments
    • Maria Guadalupe: More Women in Tech (with Lucia Del Carpio)
  • Cross-campus project development session:
    • Hallie Cho: How does the personification of AI evoke biases, influence interactions, and determine performance?
    • Vivek Choudhary: Does feedback make you try less hard? A study of automotive Telematics
    • Xi Kang: Is the best defense offence? Evidence from counterfeited infant formula in China (with Juan Ma) - from Europe Campus, joining by Webex
    • Florian Schloderer: Connecting newcomers to a social network with the right alters: Designing a randomized field experiment to test network interventions (with Miguel Lobo)
  • Focus group session: 

Maria Guadalupe, Associate Professor of Economics and Political Science, Academic Director of the INSEAD RCT Lab, Chair, Economics and Political Science Area
This session aims to identify key barriers and solutions how to substantially increase the number of projects using randomized field experiments at INSEAD.

To view the workshop agenda, please click here




Participants: INSEAD faculty and PHD students

Organizers: Maria Guadalupe and Florian Schloderer

DAY 1 (22nd September)

  • Welcome by Ziv Carmon and Maria Guadalupe
  • Introduction: Intro, Objectives of the course, History of RCTs, Why and when to randomize
  • Prerequisites to RCTs: Theory of Change, Data / Measurement, Ethics of research
  • How to randomize?: Multiple treatments, Level of randomization, Real world challenges & solutions, Balancing baseline covariates
  • Case Study: Designing an RCT

DAY 2 (23rd September)

  • Power calculation: Hypothesis testing, type I & II errors, What influences power?, Power in clustered designs
  • Calculating power in practice: Estimating rho and MDE, Calculating power in Stata, Exercise with Optimal Design
  • Threats to validity: Attrition, Non compliance (ITT / LATE), Spillovers
  • Presentation of a real evaluation from A to Z



Location: INSEAD Middle East Campus

The ILO’s Taqeem Initiative and INSEAD, with its Randomized Controlled Trials Lab and Centre for Economic Growth, have come together to provide a platform for world class scholars, policy makers and business leaders to share and discuss the latest emerging and cutting edge findings from impact evaluations on entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and decent jobs in MENA. 
Day 1: Academic Research Workshop (14.11.2016)
This workshop targeted scholars interested in entrepreneurship research using randomized field experiments to generate evidence on what “works” to create effective policies and programs on entrepreneurship. Seakers were Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Bruno Crépon (ENSAE, École Polytechnique, J-PAL, CREST), Drew Gardiner (ILO), Jochen Kluve (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, RWI), Michael Grimm (University of Passau, Erasmus University Rotterdam, IZA, RWI and DIW) and Lucia Del Carpio (INSEAD).

ILO - INSEAD Academic Research Workshop

ILO - INSEAD Academic Research Workshop Participants

Day 2: Stakeholder Symposium (15.11.2016)

The symposium targeted senior stakeholders from government, private sector, supporting institutions and academia interested in promoting entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and decent job creation based on rigorous evidence.

  • Panel 1: Latest findings from research on entrepreneurship promotion: 

Panelists: Michael Grimm (University of Passau, Erasmus University Rotterdam,  IZA, RWI and DIW), Jochen Kluve (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, RWI), Markus Goldstein (World Bank), Bruno Crépon (ENSAE, École Polytechnique, J-PAL, CREST)

  • Panel 2: Lessons learned from promoting entrepreneurship for inclusive growth and decent jobs:

Panelists: Abla Abdel Latif (The Egyptian Center for Economic Studies), Marwa Moaz (Bamyan Media), Nader Kabbani (Silatech), Niklaus Eggenberger (Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation)

  • Panel 3: Current challenges facing the entrepreneurship ecosystem in the region and the potential role of evidence-based policies:

Panelists: Lama Al Sulaiman (Jeddah Chamber of Commerce), Ovais Naqvi (Abraaj Group); Sulaf Al-Zubi (Injaz UAE), Marwa Moaz (Bamyan Media), Khalifa Saeed Al Kuwaiti (Khalifa Fund for Enterprise Development)

ILO - INSEAD Stakeholder Symposium

For further information, click here.
For the press release on this symposium, click here
For the symposium report, click here

Location: INSEAD Europe Campus

This workshop series brings together researchers interested in studying the internal economics of firms and other organisations. It covers areas such as organisational economics, personnel economics, management and productivity, incentives and contracts, bounded rationality, and behavioral economics.

This year's edition is co-sponsored by the INSEAD RCT Lab and will feature the following papers using Randomized Control Trials in organisations:

  • Christopher Woodruff (University of Warwick and CEPR): Altering Perceptions: An Experiment in Management Training in the Bangladeshi Garment Sector
  • Guido Friebel (Goethe University Frankfurt and CEPR): Team incentives and performance: Evidence from a retail chain
  • Amit K. Khandelwal (Columbia Business School): Exporting and Firm Performance: Evidence from a Randomized Trial

Location: INSEAD Middle East Campus 

Field experiments with firms (Randomized Controlled Trials - RCTs) are increasingly becoming the gold standard for management and economic research. To promote this research design, the INSEAD Randomized Controlled Trials Lab is organized the 1st INSEAD RCT Day on March 23rd at our Abu Dhabi Campus.

Part 1: INSEAD RCT Research Workshop

The first INSEAD RCT Day started with an academic research workshop. At this workshop, five leading international scholars presented and discussed their research: David McKenzie (World Bank), Bruno Crépon (ENSAE, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab - JPAL), Imran Rasul (University College London), Lucia Del Carpio (INSEAD), and Stephen Anderson-Macdonald (London Business School). Overall, 36 participants attended the research workshop, including researchers from five universities in the UAE (INSEAD, NYU Abu Dhabi, American University of Sharjah, UAE University and Zayed University) and participants from Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt.

INSEAD RCT Research Workshop


INSEAD RCT Workshop Participants

Part 2: INSEAD RCT Majlis: How To Make Better Decisions Based on Evidence from Field Experiments

The first INSEAD RCT Day closed with the 'INSEAD RCT Majlis', an exclusive event for senior decision makers from the government and industry. Florian Schloderer from the INSEAD RCT Lab explained: "At the Majlis, we engaged stakeholders in a conversation with researchers how randomized field experiments could create value to them. Such conversations are vital to design and implement projects that promote academic research and create impact."


Past sessions


Location: INSEAD Asia Campus in Singapore

11:15 - 12:15 (SNG time) | Location: Room 203B


Vivek Choudhary: Does feedback make you try less hard? A study of automotive Telematics
9:00-10:00 FBL / 11:00-12:00 AUH / 15:00-16:00 SGP

Research Seminar with Janet Schwartz, Assistant Professor of Marketing at the AB Freeman School of Business - Tulane University and Visiting Scholar at INSEAD on “Gain Without Pain: The Extended Effects of a Behavioural Health Intervention”



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