• Seminar,

Alexander Teytelboym and Maximilian Kasy (University of Oxford)

Published on January 5, 2021 Updated on January 25, 2021
Le 13 January 2021 De 17:30 à 18:30

Webinar: The Economics of Migration

An Adaptive Targeted Field Experiment: Job Search Assistance for Refugees in Jordan

with Stefano Caria, Grant Gordon, Simon Quinn and Soha Shami


We introduce a novel methodology for adaptive targeted experiments. Our Tempered Thompson Algorithm balances the goals of maximizing the precision of treatment effect estimates and maximizing the welfare of experimental participants. A hierarchical Bayesian model allows us to adaptively target treatments at different groups. We implement our methodology in a field experiment. We examine the impact of three interventions designed to improve formal employment outcomes of Syrian refugees and local jobseekers in Jordan: one treatment to address liquidity constraints, one to address information frictions, and one to address challenges of self-control. Six weeks after being offered treatment, none of the interventions has a significant or meaningful impact on the probability that individuals are in wage employment; we estimate that our targeting algorithm had a positive but small effect on aggregate employment (approximately 1 percentage point). However, we find large employment effects of all treatments for refugees at the two-month follow-up, and suggestive evidence of four-month impacts for the cash grant; liquidity appears to be a key barrier to employment for refugees.

Read the paper (CESifo Network)