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Social experimentation

Hausman, Jerry A. (Added Author). Wise, David A. (Added Author). National Bureau of Economic Research. (Added Author).

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  • OCLC: ocn212773573
  • ISBN: 9780226319407
  • ISBN: 0226319407
  • ISBN: 6611223568
  • ISBN: 9786611223564
  • ISBN: 9781281223562
  • ISBN: 1281223565
  • ISBN: 0226319423
  • ISBN: 9780226319421
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 292 pages) : illustrations
  • Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1985.

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Note: Papers presented at a conference held in 1981 sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents: Social Experimentation; Contents; Introduction; 1. The Residential Electricity Time-of-Use Pricing Experiments: What Have We Learned?; 2. Housing Behavior and the Experimental Housing-Allowance Program: What Have We Learned?; 3. Income-Maintenance Policy and Work Effort: Learning from Experiments and Labor-Market Studies; 4. Macroexperiments versus Microexperiments for Health Policy; 5. Technical Problems in Social Experimentation: Cost versus Ease of Analysis; 6. Toward Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Medical and Social Experiments
7. The Use of Information in the Policy Process: Are Social-Policy Experiments Worthwhile?8. Social Science Analysis and the Formulation of Public Policy: Illustrations of What the President "Knows" and How He Comes to "Know" It; List of Contributors; Author Index; Subject Index
Summary: Since 1970 the United States government has spent over half a billion dollars on social experiments intended to assess the effect of potential tax policies, health insurance plans, housing subsidies, and other programs. Was it worth it? Was anything learned from these experiments that could not have been learned by other, and cheaper, means? Could the experiments have been better designed or analyzed? These are some of the questions addressed by the contributors to this volume, the result of a conference on social experimentation sponsored in 1981 by the National Bureau of Economic Resear.
Note: English.
Subject: Evaluation research (Social action programs) -- Congresses
Negative income tax -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses
Electric utilities -- Rates -- Time-of-use pricing -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses
Housing subsidies -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses
Medical policy -- United States -- Evaluation -- Congresses

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