October 23, 2018 - PEP-PIERI Research Director, Maria Laura Alzua, spoke about using social experiments in developing countries during her keynote speech at the University of Piura Biannual Class of Economics. During her presentation, “An agenda for experimental research in developing countries,” Maria Laura discussed how experiments can be used to evaluate public policies and test economic theories.
She explained how experimental research seeks to discover the causes and effects of specific behaviours and how technology has helped significantly: “Previously, experiments testing specific public policy questions were not based on theories with models. Now we can seek the causal relationships and explain mechanisms, going beyond proving whether the program works or not.”
Marcos Agurto, PEP Resource Person and Director of the Department of Economics at the University of Piura who hosted the event, thanked Maria Laura for her presentation, adding: “New times require new ways of seeing and studying the economy.”