Vous êtes ici : Version française > Programme de formation

B. Experiments in Society: Framing Social Experiments at the Boundaries of Economics

Volume horaire total 12


Evelyn Forget
(Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba and Academic Director of the Manitoba Research Data Centre)


Elinor Ostrom (August 7, 1933 – June 12, 2012) was an American political economist whose empirical work on behalf of low-income communities in the tradition of the New Institutionalism shared the Nobel Prize in 2009. Esther Duflo (b. 25 October 1972) shared the Nobel Prize in 2019 for the use of randomized controlled trials to study poverty interventions in low-income countries. This course identifies these two economists as leading figures of two distinct epistemological traditions in social science research, and traces the roots of each approach to the dawn of the 20th century. 


- 18 février 2020: 10h-12h et 13h-15h, salle 112 (Manufacture des Tabacs)
- 19 février 2020: 10h-12h et 13h-15h ET 15h30 -  17h30 salle 112 (Manufacture des Tabacs)  (attention modification du 03/02/20)
- 20 février 2020: 10h-12h, salle 112 (Manufacture des Tabacs)


1. Elinor Ostrom and Esther Duflo as exemplars of two distinct methodological traditions
-Labrousse, A., 2016. Not by technique alone. A methodological comparison of development analysis with Esther Duflo and Elinor Ostrom. Journal of Institutional Economics, 12(2), pp.277-303.
-Boettke, P., Palagashvili, L. and Lemke, J., 2013. Riding in cars with boys: Elinor Ostrom's adventures with the police. Journal of Institutional Economics, 9(4), pp.407-425.
-Duflo, E., 2017. Richard T. Ely Lecture: The Economist as Plumber. American Economic Review, 107(5), pp.1-26.
-Duflo, E. Social Experiments to Fight Poverty. Ted Talk. [link]
2. RCTs and social experimentation in high income countries
-Deaton, A. and Cartwright, N., 2018. Understanding and misunderstanding randomized controlled trials. Social Science & Medicine, 210, pp.2-21.
-Ioannidis, J.P., 2018. Randomized controlled trials: Often flawed, mostly useless, clearly indispensable: A commentary on Deaton and Cartwright. Social Science & Medicine (1982), 210, p.53.
3. Basic Income Experiments
-De Wispelaere, Jurgen, Antti Halmetoja, and Ville-Veikko Pulkka. "The rise (and fall) of the basic income experiment in Finland." In CESifo Forum, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 15-19. München: ifo Institut–Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München, 2018.[link]
-Forget, Evelyn L. "The town with no poverty: The health effects of a Canadian guaranteed annual income field experiment." Canadian Public Policy 37, no. 3 (2011): 283-305. [link]
-Widerquist, Karl. "The Devil’s in the Caveats: A Brief Discussion of the Difficulties of Basic Income Experiments." In CESifo Forum, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 30-35. München: ifo Institut–Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung an der Universität München, 2018.[link]
4. Designing a Basic Income Experiment
5. A rebellion against expertise
-Forget, EL, 2019. Experiments in Society. Framing Social Experiments at the boundary between social work and sociology. Working Paper. [link

-Naples, N.A., 1998. Toward a multiracial, feminist social-democratic praxis: Lessons from grassroots warriors in the US war on poverty. Social Politics: International Studies in Gender, State & Society, 5(3), pp.286-313.
-Gross, M., 2009. Collaborative experiments: Jane Addams, Hull House and experimental social work. Social Science Information, 48(1), pp.81-95.
Schneiderhan, E., 2011. Pragmatism and empirical sociology: the case of Jane Addams and Hull-House, 1889–1895. Theory and Society, 40(6), p.589.
6. Society as experiment: the sociological foundations of an alternative to RCTs
-Ansell, C., 2013. What is a “democratic experiment”?. Democratic Experimentialism, pp.159-180.
-Gross, M. and Krohn, W., 2005. Society as experiment: sociological foundations for a self-experimental society. History of the Human Sciences, 18(2), pp.63-86.