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A Methodology for Laboratory Experiments in Developing Countries: Examples from the Busara Center


Haushofer, J and Collins, M and de Giusti, G and Muiruri Njoroge, J and Odero, A and Onyago, C and Vance, J and Jang, C and Kuruvilla, MV and Hughes, C, A Methodology for Laboratory Experiments in Developing Countries: Examples from the Busara Center, SSRN eLibrary (2012) [Non Refereed Article]

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While Randomized Controlled Trials and lab-in-the-field experiments have become more common in development economics in recent years, the rigor and control of laboratory-based experiments has so far been difficult to access in developing countries. Here we describe the use of various cognitive tests in developing countries, illustrated using data from the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, a state-of-the-art laboratory for behavioral and experimental economics in Nairobi, Kenya. In addition to we provide information on the development of the lab itself, including data on physical and technical setup and infrastructure, protocols for study administration, respondent and data flow, and subject recruitment, payment, and subject pool composition, and outline how researchers can use the lab.

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Item Type:Non Refereed Article
Keywords:development, laboratory experiments, experimental economics, behavioral economics, psychology
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Behavioural economics
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:Microeconomics
Objective Field:Microeconomics not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Kuruvilla, MV (Dr Maneesh Kuruvilla)
ID Code:155412
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2023-02-18
Last Modified:2023-03-09

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