John List’s $10 million crazy idea field experiment in education

Michael Giberson Bloomberg Markets Magazine has a feature on economist John List and his $10 million research project on education. Along the way we get an introduction to List’s work on field experiments in economics, a splash of lab-based economics back story, and the reaction of education specialists who think List’s project is wholly off … More John List’s $10 million crazy idea field experiment in education

Ronald Coase interview

Michael Giberson Interview with Ronald Coase, on the occasion of the establishment of the Coase China Society, an effort to stimulate study and application of Coase’s ideas in China. Interview conducted by Wang Ning, a student of Coase’s now teaching at Arizona State University and co-author with Coase of the book How China Became Capitalist. … More Ronald Coase interview

Jamie Oliver, children and food, and field experiments

Lynne Kiesling Several years ago Jamie Oliver set out to improve school food for a group of British children. In part he was motivated by wanting to impart a love of good, healthy food in children by sharing his own joy in food, and in part he believed that healthier school meals would lead to … More Jamie Oliver, children and food, and field experiments

Economic experiments on growth policy

Lynne Kiesling Tim Kane at the Kauffman Foundation is going to do some experimental economics research (with Dan Houser at George Mason) on some questions of growth and entrepreneurship: The experiments are for the study of work and entrepreneurial behavior under different policy regimes, including taxation, welfare, and social insurance. I’ll share a link to … More Economic experiments on growth policy

Experiments in business

Michael Giberson “The level of experimentation is abysmal,” says Prof List. “These firms do not take full advantage of feedback opportunities they’re presented with. After seeing example after example, we sat down and said, ‘We have to try to do something to stop this.’ One change we could make is to teach 75 to 100 … More Experiments in business