International Summer School in Survey Design and Experimental Methods in Applied and Agricultural Economics

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University, United States
May 23-27, 2022


Vincenzina Caputo

Carola Grebitus

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Target Audience

The course is open to academics, graduate students at different levels (MSc, MPhil, PG-diploma, and PhD), professionals, consultants, and other practitioners. Seats are limited. Therefore, applications will be considered on a first-come first-serve basis.

Course Overview

The Summer School will take place at Michigan State University. Taught by experts from Arizona State University, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Purdue University the school will consist of a variety of lectures, software introduction, and hands-on training. Fusing knowledge from agribusiness, agricultural economics, consumer studies, marketing, and applied economics the school will cover the basics required for successfully using surveys and economic experiments in research studies.

After completing the Summer School, the participant will be able to design a survey instrument, stated choice experiments, and experimental auctions. In addition, the participants will be able to analyze survey data using multi-variate methods, stated choice data by estimating discrete choice models, and auction data using various regression models. Furthermore, the curriculum includes how to assess published evidence, interpret results, and derive recommendations for stakeholders.


Agricultural economics, agribusiness, food choices, marketing, applied economic.

Key Topics

  • Designing stand-alone or accompanying surveys
  • Choice experiments
  • Experimental auctions
  • Related data analysis
  • Interpretation of results
  • Deriving recommendations to stakeholders