An Adaptive Targeted Field Experiment: Job Search Assistance for Refugees in Jordan
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.26085/C3C012
We introduce an adaptive targeted treatment assignment methodology for field experiments. Our Tempered Thompson Algorithm balances the goals of maximizingthe precision of treatment effect estimates and maximizing the welfare of experimentalparticipants. A hierarchical Bayesian model allows us to adaptively target treatments. We implement our methodology in Jordan, testing policies to help Syrian refugees and local jobseekers to find work. The immediate employment impacts of a small cash grant, information and psychological support are small, but targeting raises employment by 1 percentage-point (20%). After four months, cash has a sizable effect on employment and earnings of Syrians.