Natural and field experiments (NAFS)
This working group is a forum in which academics from the political sciences and economics can discuss work that uses natural experiments, field experiments or other quasi-experimental methods aimed at establishing causal relationships in the study of political institutions and behaviour.
The group is sponsored by Prof. Miriam Golden and meets fortnightly. Participants submit papers in advance of the meeting and all attendants are required to read the papers before attending the session. Each session centers on one to two papers or research designs, which are briefly presented by selected discussants. All participants are expected to engage in constructive discussion.
Periodically the group will invite external speakers from political science and economics who will present relevant work to the group.
In the academic year 2019/2020, the NAFS Working Group, in collaboration with the Max Weber Programme and the Departments of Political and Social Sciences and the Economics Department, presented three sessions on Causal Inference with Kosuke Imai (Harvard), Donald Green (Columbia) and Alex Coppock (Yale).
If you would like to be added to the mailing list of the group or find out more please contact Eleanor Woodhouse or Annabelle Wittels.