Empirical Methods

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Key Points

Required reading and response questions


Lecture 1

No required readings.

Blog post 1 due

Optional reading: “Quasi-Experimental and Experimental Approaches to Environmental Economics” by Greenstone and Gayer (ungated version here)


Lecture 2

Response questions:
Explain the experimental setup in your own words (1-2 sentences each)

  1. What is the research question?
  2. Why do the authors need to use an experiment to answer it?
  3. What are the different experimental groups?

Lecture 3

Response questions:

  1. The authors say they are using “difference-in-differences”. What are the two differences? Explain the groups being compared in your own words.
  2. Do you find this empirical approach believable? Why or why not?

(a couple sentences each is fine.)

Additional material