Need big companies

My good friend and colleague John List has very ambitious plans for the summer.

We both believed for a long time that the combination of creative economic thinking and randomized experiments could revolutionize business and the non-profit sector. John and I have worked to ignite this revolution both through academic partnerships with firms and through John’s project called Science of Philanthropy Initiative (SPI)whose mission is “evidence-based research into philanthropy”.

This summer, John intends to take this mission to a whole new level with the first annual Summer Institute for Field Experiments at the University of Chicago. The idea is to bring together leading economists, business leaders and non-governmental organizations for one week to develop actionable, creative solutions to the toughest problems faced by firms, both for-profit and non-profit.

In addition to many brainstorming sessions and papers on firm issues, there will be presentations by John, myself, and other leading scientists. Knowing John, I’m sure there will be plenty of activities after hours.

This is how the site describes the people we are looking for:

The Summer Institute is looking for practitioner partners who are open to new and bold ideas that will revolutionize the way they make policy, run a business, or deliver philanthropic programs. Practitioner partners must be willing to work closely with researchers to field test solutions and must be willing to allow research publications to come from the partnership. We expect the Institute to serve as a catalyst for field experimentation and strong partnerships between researchers and practitioners.

So if you or someone you know might be a good candidate, please apply! Details can be found at Institute website.

We can’t wait to get to know you and get started!

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