This cross-cutting research theme includes methodological advances in measurement and econometric methods.

This research builds on recent advances in other disciplines, drawing for instance on remote sensing techniques to improve the measurement of land use, productivity and economic growth; and on advances in psychometrics to improve the validity and reliability of latent traits in household surveys.

Selected projects

Big Five Personality Traits and Skills in Developing Countries | Karen Macours and Rachid Laajaj et al | VoxDev | NPR Discover MagazineParsing Science

Estimating the effect of treatments allocated by randomized waiting lists | Luc Behaghel, Clément de Chaisemartin | Stata command

Please Call Again: Correcting Non-Response Bias in Treatment Effect Models | Principal Investigators: Luc Behaghel, Bruno C Crépon, Marc Gurgand and Thomas Le Barbanchon | Stata command

Other ongoing projects

Bernard, David Rhys, Gharard Bryan, Sylvain Chabé-Ferret, Jon De Quidt, Greg Fischer, Jasmin Fliegner, and Roland Rathelot. 2020. “How Biased Are Observational Methods in Practice? Accumulating Evidence Using Randomised Controlled Trials with Imperfect Compliance.”

Bernard, David Rhys. 2020. “Estimating Long-Term Effects with Long-Term Outcome Data.”

Kilic, Talip, and Ismaël Claude Yacoubou Djima. 2020. “Survey Measurement Errors and the Assessment of the Relationship between Yields and Inputs for Smallholder Farmers: Evidence from Mali.”

Related publications

Comola, Margherita, and S. Prina. Forthcoming. “Treatment Effect Accounting for Network Changes.” Review of Economics and Statistics.

Behaghel, Luc, and Clément de Chaisemartin. Forthcoming. “Estimating the Effect of Treatments Allocated by Randomized Waiting Lists.” Econometrica.

Laajaj, Rachid, Karen Macours, Cargele Masso, Moses Thuita, and Bernard Vanlauwe. 2020. “Reconciling Yield Gains in Agronomic Trials with Returns under African Smallholder Conditions.” Scientific Reports 10 (1): 14286.

Laajaj, Rachid, Karen Macours, Daniel Alejandro Pinzon Hernandez, Omar Arias, Samuel D. Gosling, Jeff Potter, Marta Rubio-Codina, and Renos Vakis. 2019. “Challenges to Capture the Big Five Personality Traits in Non-WEIRD Populations.” Science Advances 5 (7).

Macours, Karen. 2019. “Comment on ‘Estimating the Productivity Impacts of Technology Adoption in the Presence of Misclassification.’” American Journal of Agricultural Economics 101 (1): 17–18.

Laajaj, Rachid, and Karen Macours. 2019. “Measuring Skills in Developing Countries.” Journal of Human Resources, October.

Comola, Margherita. 2017. “The Missing Transfers: Estimating Mis-Reporting in Dyadic Data.” Economic Development and Cultural Change 65 (3): 549–82.

Macours, Karen, and Teresa Molina Millán. 2017. “Attrition in Randomized Control Trials: Using Tracking Information to Correct Bias” 11962 (April).

Behaghel, Luc, Bruno Crépon, Marc Gurgand, and Thomas Le Barbanchon. 2015. “Please Call Again: Correcting Nonresponse Bias in Treatment Effect Models.” Review of Economics and Statistics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 97 (5): 1070–80.

Comola, Margherita, and Marcel Fafchamps. 2014. “Testing Unilateral and Bilateral Link Formation.” The Economic Journal 124: 954–75.

Bourguignon, François. 2010. “Toward an Evaluation of Evaluation Methods: A Commentary on the Experimental Approach in the Fields of Employment, Work, and Professional Training.” Journal of Development Effectiveness 2 (3): 310–19.

Bourguignon, François, Francisco H. G. Ferreira, and Leite, Philippe G. 2008. “Beyond Oaxaca–Blinder: Accounting for Differences in Household Income Distributions.” Journal of Economic Inequality 6: 117–48.

Bourguignon, François, Martin Fournier, and Marc Gurgand. 2007. “Selection Bias Corrections Based on the Multinomial Logit Model: Monte Carlo Comparisons.” Journal of Economic Surveys, January.

Bourguignon, François, and Amedeo Spadaro. 2006. “Microsimulation as a Tool for Evaluating Redistribution Policies.” The Journal of Economic Inequality 4 (1): 77–106.