This setting lets you change the way you view articles. You can choose to have articles open in a dialog window, a new tab, or directly in the same window.
Open in Dialog
Open in New Tab
Open in same window

Journal of Economic Perspectives: Vol. 25 No. 3 (Summer 2011)

Expand

Quick Tools:

Print Article Summary
Export Citation
Sign up for Email Alerts Follow us on Twitter

Explore:

JEP - All Issues


Mechanism Experiments and Policy Evaluations

Article Citation

Ludwig, Jens, Jeffrey R. Kling, and Sendhil Mullainathan. 2011. "Mechanism Experiments and Policy Evaluations." Journal of Economic Perspectives, 25(3): 17-38.

DOI: 10.1257/jep.25.3.17

Abstract

Randomized controlled trials are increasingly used to evaluate policies. How can we make these experiments as useful as possible for policy purposes? We argue greater use should be made of experiments that identify the behavioral mechanisms that are central to clearly specified policy questions, what we call "mechanism experiments." These types of experiments can be of great policy value even if the intervention that is tested (or its setting) does not correspond exactly to any realistic policy option.

Article Full-Text Access

Full-text Article (Complimentary)

Authors

Ludwig, Jens (U Chicago)
Kling, Jeffrey R. (US Congressional Budget Office)
Mullainathan, Sendhil (Harvard U)

JEL Classifications

C90: Design of Experiments: General
D04: Microeconomic Policy: Formulation; Implementation; Evaluation
E61: Policy Objectives; Policy Designs and Consistency; Policy Coordination

Comments

View Comments on This Article (0) | Login to post a comment


Journal of Economic Perspectives


Quick Tools:

Sign up for Email Alerts

Follow us on Twitter

Subscription Information
(Institutional Administrator Access)

Explore:

JEP - All Issues

Virtual Field Journals


AEA Member Login:


AEAweb | AEA Journals | Contact Us