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Failing in the Field: What We Can Learn When Field Research Goes Wrong

Dean Karlan and Jacob Appel


All across the social sciences, from development economics to political science departments, researchers are going into the field to collect data and learn about the world. While much has been gained from the successes of randomized controlled trials, stories of failed projects often do not get told. This book delves into the common causes of failure in field research, so that researchers might avoid similar pitfalls in future work. Drawing on the experiences of top social scientists working in developing countries, the book investigates failed projects and helps guide practitioners as they em ... More

Keywords: field research, failure, failed projects, failed research, experimental design, field projects, randomized controlled trials, research studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780691183138
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691183138.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dean Karlan, author
Yale University

Jacob Appel, author
Princeton University