Modulhandbuch (Module manual)

M.184.5420 Impact Evaluation in Environmental Economics Using Field Experiments
(Impact Evaluation in Environmental Economics Using Field Experiments)
Koordinator (coordinator): Martin Kesternich
Ansprechpartner (contact): Martin Kesternich ()
Credits: 5 ECTS
Workload: 150 Std (h)
Semesterturnus (semester cycle): SoSe
Studiensemester (study semester): 1-4
Dauer in Semestern (duration in semesters): 1
Lehrveranstaltungen (courses):
Nummer / Name
(number / title)
(contact time)
Status (P/WP)
(group size)
a) K.184.54201 / Impact Evaluation in Environmental Economics Using Field Experiments Seminar 10 Std (h) 140 Std (h) P 15 TN (PART)
Wahlmöglichkeiten innerhalb des Moduls (Options within the module):
Empfohlene Voraussetzungen (prerequisites):

​A basic knowledge of econometrics (the linear regression model as e.g. covered in W2474 Introduction to Econometrics (Bachelor) or W4479 Econometrics (Master) is assumed. Basic knowledge in the foundations of Environmental Economics e.g. covered in M.184.4416 Environmental Economics is an advantage.​

Inhalte (short description):

​In recent years, we have seen an enormous increase and rising interest in academic research using field experimental methods to address questions across a broad range of topics in environmental economics including individual climate protection, the management of energy or water consumption, traffic management, and resource conservation. At the same time, field partners from policymaking and business start to appreciate the benefits that field experiments can have to design and evaluate policy programs and investigate individual behavior. This seminar is designed to provide an overview of the design and the analysis of field experiments in environmental economics. In the first part of the course, we will focus on methodological issues surrounding the design of field experiments and subsequent interpretation of the results. In the second part of the course, students will present and discuss selected examples where field experiments have been used to (i) test predictions of theoretical models and/or enhance our understanding of the factors that drive individual behavior and to (ii) evaluate whether and why policy interventions work.​

Lernergebnisse (learning outcomes):
Fachkompetenz Wissen (professional expertise):

  • will gain a profound methodological understanding of the concept of field experiments as a tool for policy and program evaluation
  • will process and discuss recently published research articles in the field of environmental and resource economics
  • inspire ideas for own experimental or empirical research projects​

  • Fachkompetenz Fertigkeit (practical professional and academic skills):

  • learn how to read and critically evaluate experimental research articles in the field of environmental and resource economics
  • improve their skills in assessing empirically results and their subsequent interpretation in scientific articles, policy reports and press articles​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Sozial (individual competences / social skills):

  • shape own presentation skills in presenting scientific research results
  • participate and engage in discussions in scientific seminars ​

  • Personale Kompetenz / Selbstständigkeit (individual competences / ability to perform autonomously):

  • conduct an independent literature research
  • embed own work in the scientific discourse ​

  • Prüfungsleistungen (examinations)
    Art der Modulprüfung (type of modul examination): Modulabschlussprüfung
    Art der Prüfung
    (type of examination)
    a) Präsentation 20 Minunten 40.00 %
    b) Hausarbeit 10 Seiten 60.00 %
    Studienleistung / qualifizierte Teilnahme (module participation requirements)
    Voraussetzungen für die Teilnahme an Prüfungen (formal requirements for participating in examinations)
    Voraussetzungen für die Vergabe von Credits (formal requirements for granting credit points)
    Die Vergabe der Credits erfolgt, wenn die Modulnote mindestens „ausreichend“ ist
    Gewichtung für Gesamtnote (calculation of overall grade)
    Das Modul wird mit der Anzahl seiner Credits gewichtet (Faktor: 1)
    Verwendung des Moduls in den Studiengängen (The module can be selected in the following degree programmes)
    M.Sc. IBS, M.Sc. BWL, M.Sc. International Economics and Management, M.Sc. Management, M.Sc. Management Information Systems, M.Sc. Taxation, Accountingand Finance, M.Sc. Winfo, M.Sc. Wirtschaftspädagogik, M.Ed. Wirtschaftspädagogik
    Umfang QT (participation requirements):
    Lernmaterialien, Literaturangaben (learning material, literature):
    Literature will be announced in the first meeting.
    Teilnehmerbegrenzung (participant limit):
    15 Personen
    Sonstige Hinweise (additional information):
    ​This module is limited to 15 participants.

    The course will be taught in English. Presentations and Seminar papers will be in English. The topics for the seminar papers will be provided by the lecturer.

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