Dr. Eric Bettinger - a world leading expert on RCTs

UiS and Synapse Lab are proud to offer a PhD course on RCTs in the social sciences with Professor Eric Bettinger from Stanford University.

Professor Eric Bettinger is one of the foremost experts on conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in the social sciences. 

Dr. Bettinger has conducted over 50 randomized experiments in the field. His experiments, including important experiments on higher education finance, mentorship, and educational vouchers, have been cited by policymakers throughout the world.  Besides being an affiliate of both the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (JPAL) and the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Dr. Bettinger is a professor at Stanford University where he teaches courses on the creation, maintenance, evaluation, and ethics of randomized experiments in the social sciences.  He has consulted with the governments of the United States, Brazil, Norway, Chile, and Colombia on specific RCTs and his work on financial aid was frequently cited by the Obama Administration as motivation for their proposed policies. 

Professor Bettinger works in a multi-disciplinary involvement and has published in economics, psychology, sociology and education journals.  In his core discipline in economics, Bettinger’s experiments have been published in many journals including the very top journals in the field, the American Economic Review and the Quarterly Journal of Economics

His experimental work has been funded by some of the most prestigious funding agencies including the Institute for Educational Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Gates Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Lemann Foundation.  Professor Bettinger has been recognized multiple times for outstanding teaching. 

Dr. Bettinger and his wife live in California near the Stanford Campus, and they regularly muse about potential randomized experiments involving their five children and three cats!

Professor Eric Bettinger

Dr. Eric Bettinger