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The Power of Experiments by Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman

The Power of Experiments

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The Power of Experiments by Michael Luca and Max H. Bazerman
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Mar 02, 2021 | ISBN 9780262542272

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“Driven by experimentation, a further transformation is in the air.”

— the New Yorker
“Luca and Bazerman balance their passion for experiments with a recognition of its limits.”

Wall Street Journal
“’The Power of Experiments’ is a terrific overview of how organizations, especially online companies but also government and other groups, can use A/B testing to optimize their results. Luca and Bazerman also discuss issues of ethics and consent that affect these efforts, perhaps limiting what some parties can or should do…an excellent book for managers and executives who oversee online marketing or other behavioral elements of an operation. While most professional marketers will be familiar with the concepts and examples presented in the book, Luca and Bazerman’s easy style and approachable writing provide an excellent introduction or refresher for non-specialists at all levels. Highly recommended.”

Technology and Society
“Filled with charming stories of experiments offering novel solutions to pressing social questions, ‘The Power of Experiments: Decision Making in a Data-Driven World’ is an enjoyable read that celebrates the power of experimentation to create social change.”

Stanford Social Innovation Review
“’The Power of Experiments’ is a fast, accessible read that offers a good overview of the applications, promise, and perils of experimentation. It’s a good place for executives to start as they consider whether and how to use experiments inside their companies.”

Strategy and Business
“One of the great things about e-commerce is that it is far easier to run experiments online than offline. As more and more companies move online, they need to learn how to use this powerful tool. This book shows how to take advantage of experiments and how this will revolutionize business, both online and off.”

—Hal Varian, Chief Economist, Google
“This accessible and engaging book provides an excellent introduction to a subject that every young person entering the business world today should understand—experimentation. The case studies draw the reader into the challenges that arise in practice, highlighting issues ranging from bias to ethics to unintended consequences.”

—Susan Athey, The Economics of Technology Professor, Stanford Graduate School of Business
“Leaders who create an environment for taking calculated risks get better results. This book reminds us that systemic experimentation and calculated risk taking has built great companies and great societies alike.”

—Deval Patrick, former Governor of Massachusetts
“Luca and Bazerman’s The Power of Experiments will open your eyes about how to distill information from data.”

—Alvin E. Roth, Craig and Susan McCaw Professor of Economics, Stanford University; recipient of the 2012 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics
“So often we don’t know what we don’t know until we try—and the best form of trying is often an experiment. This book is a brilliant tour through the past, present, and future of experimentation, packed full of insight and examples. Read it and learn—I did.”

—Tim Harford, author of The Undercover Economist and presenter of Cautionary Tales
“When testing and experimentation is at the heart of a culture, a team or company can be more responsive and nimble, driving a better product and more growth alongside a better employee experience.”

—Gillian Tans, Chairwoman,
“A tremendous achievement, and inspiring to boot. Leaders in government and industry take note: Luca and Bazerman’s book will guide you to better decisions in this age of experiments.”
—Cass R. Sunstein, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Harvard Law School; coauthor of Nudge
“Luca and Bazerman tell the fascinating story of the rise of experiments in the tech sector and beyond, and deliver a powerful message: experiments are transforming how businesses and governments make decisions. Going only by gut isn’t enough—successful leaders need to move between data and decisions.”

—Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit and Smarter Faster Better
“The authors have created a masterpiece, a manifesto showcasing the deepest revolution in the social sciences in the past twenty-five years—field experimentation. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in understanding policy, behavioral economics, technology, and life itself.”

—John A. List, Kenneth C. Griffin Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago

Table Of Contents

Part One: Breaking Out of the Lab
Chapter 1: The Power of Experiments
Chapter 2: The Rise of Experiments in Psychology and Economics
Chapter 3: The Rise of Behavioral Experiments in Policymaking
Part Two: Experiments in the Tech Sector
Chapter 4: From the Behavioral Insights Team to
Chapter 5: #AirbnbWhileBlack
Chapter 6: eBay’s $50 Million Advertising Mistake
Chapter 7: Deep Discounts at Alibaba
Chapter 8: Shrouded Fees at StubHub
Chapter 9: Market-level Experiments at Uber
Chapter 10: The Facebook Blues
Part Three: Experimenting for the Social Good
Chapter 11: Behavioral Experiments for the Social Good
Chapter 12: Healthy, Wealthy, and Wise
Chapter 13: The Behavior Change for Good Project
Chapter 14: The Ethics of Experimentation
Chapter 15: A Final Case for Experiments and Some Concluding Lessons

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