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2012 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC)


The Experimental Social Science Laboratory (X-lab) and the Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) at the University of California at Berkeley, and the Choice Lab at NHH Norwegian School of Economics hosted the 2012 Symposium on Economic Experiments in Developing Countries (SEEDEC) from November 29 to November 30 at U.C. Berkeley.  The objective of the Symposium was to bring together a community of top scholars who employ laboratory experimental economics methods for research in developing countries.  The keynote speaker was Sendhil Mullainathan.

Date and Time

Nov 29, 2012 — Nov 30, 2012


370 Dwinelle Hall, University of California, Berkeley


Thursday, November 29th

09.00-10.00 Breakfast

10.00-11.00 Paper 0: Shachar Kariv, U.C. Berkeley

11.00-12.00 Paper 1: Manisha Shah, U.C. Irvine,
“Risk-Taking Behavior in the Wake of Natural Disasters”

12.00-13.00 Lunch

13.00-14.00 Paper 2: Edward Miguel, U.C. Berkeley

14.00-15.00 Paper 3: Björn Vollan, University of Innsbruck,
“Authoritarian Norms and Democracy - experimental evidence from the People’s Republic of China”

15.00-15.30 Coffee Break

15.30-16.30 Paper 4: Joshua Schwartzstein, Dartmouth College,
“Learning Through Noticing: Theory and Experimental Evidence in Farming”

16.30-17.30 Poster Session:
Johannes Haushofer, Marie Collins, Giovanna de Giusti, Joseph Muiruri Njoroge, Amos Odero, and Cynthia Onyango; Jacobus Cilliers, Oeindrila Dube and Bilal Siddiqi; Andrés Moya; Chantal Toledo; Jessica Hoel; Kjetil Bjorvatn

18.15 Dinner is by invitation, and will be at the Faculty Club’s O’Neil Room.

Friday, November 30th

08.00-09.00 Breakfast

09.00-10.00 Keynote Speech: Sendhil Mullainathan
Professor of Economics, Harvard University

10.00-10.30 Coffee Break

10.30-11.300 Paper 5: Gautam Rao, U.C. Berkeley
”Familiarity Does Not Breed Contempt: Diversity, Discrimination and Charity in Delhi Schools”

11.30-12.30 Paper 6: Ty Turley, University of Chicago
“When Economics Meets Hierarchy: A Field Experiment on the Workings of the Invisible Hand”

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-14.30 Paper 7: Andrew Zeitlin, Georgetown University,
“Information and collective action in community-based monitoring of schools: Field and lab experimental evidence from Uganda”

14.30-15.30 Paper 8: Leonardo Bursztyn, U.C.L.A.,
“Understanding Peer Effects in Financial Decisions: Evidence from a Field Experiment”

15.30-16.00 Coffee Break

16.00-17.00 Paper 9: Christine Binzel, University of Heidelberg,
"Does the Arrival of Formal Financial Institutions Affect Informal Sharing? Experimental Evidence from Village India"

You may download the agenda here.  For further information, contact Jane Zhang (HKUST) at, Shachar Kariv (U.C. Berkeley) at, Edward Miguel (U.C. Berkeley) at, or Bertil Tungodden (NHH Norwegian School of Economics) at



Edward Miguel (UC Berkeley), Manisha Shah (UC Los Angeles), Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard University), Christine Binzel (University of Heidelberg), Gautam Rao (U.C. Berkeley), Joshua Schwartzstein (Dartmouth College), Ty Turley (University of Chicago), Björn Vollan (University of Innsbruck), Andrew Zeitlin (Georgetown University)


The Experimental Social Science Laboratory, U.C. Berkeley (X-lab); Choice Lab, NHH Norwegian School of Economics