John List’s summer institute in field experiments

by on April 10, 2017 at 4:23 pm in Economics, Education | Permalink

The Summer Institute on Field Experiments (SIFE) is a highly selective and innovative program at the University of Chicago that brings together the brightest young economists in the world and companies interested in using rigorous field experiment methods and behavioral economics to design solutions to problems they face. Organization partners will share their business challenges, and the Institute’s academics help them to scientifically test new ideas and solutions. The third edition of SIFE will take place at the University of Chicago, July 9-13 2017.

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1 rayward April 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm

John List is an expert in charitable giving, and has published many academic articles on the subject. One is about using the lottery to finance public goods. While Bill and Melinda Gates have their own motivations for charitable giving, those at the other end of the income scale have more stressful motivations. I am thinking of the United Way campaigns in many small and medium sized cities and towns, the most likely recipient of charitable donations from the secretary or medical assistant. I recall the fund raising campaigns in my office, in my building, on my block, the goal being 100% participation of everyone in the office, building, or block. Looking back at the stress it must have put on the secretary or medical assistant, those at the United Way who do such things ought to be ashamed to use shame in order to get someone with a low income to give. Such are the economics of giving. Selling lottery tickets to people of modest income to finance public goods, indeed.

2 Ray Lopez April 10, 2017 at 10:52 pm

So what’s wrong with 100% participation in a charity drive where you give 1 dollar?

Bonus trivia: celebrity chef Gordan Ramsey says he won’t leave his fortune to his 20-something spendthrift kids, as they are too irresponsible, instead he’ll leave it all to charity (strangers). Such is the English way. Selfish custard. But he himself doesn’t see the irony is having Lady Luck make him rich from wannabe foodies who can’t boil and egg, but he himself won’t return the favor to his offspring. Disgusting. Go to Youtube and check out his Epic Rap Battles of History video vs Julia Child, it’s quite funny.

3 Ray Lopez April 10, 2017 at 10:54 pm
Gordon Ramsay vs Julia Child. Epic Rap Battles of History – Season 5

4 Believe it! April 11, 2017 at 2:46 am

I enjoy how your posts are aimed squarel at the right-side of the bell curve set but you still manage to throw a bone to the dummies

5 Bill April 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

I like List’s work as well, and recommend some of the research on charitable giving to non-profits. Under a grant from the Templeton Foundation, List and others created resources and published work on the economics and psychology of charitable giving which can be accessed here: He also is doing some good experimental work on improving inner city schools.

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